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The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history maybe the hijacking of morality by religion.- Arthur C. Clarke

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.- Clarence Darrow
The only way we can preserve and nurture other and moreprecious freedoms is by relinquishing the freedom to breed, andthat very soon. "Freedom is the recognition ofnecessity" -- and it is the role of education to reveal toall the necessity of abandoning the freedom to breed. Only so,can we put an end to this aspect of the tragedy of the commons.

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"In the past, those who no longer subscribed to thevalues of the dominant culture were held in check by the myththat the state possessed a monopoly on coercive force. This mythhas undergone continual erosion since the end of World War IIowing to the success of the strategy of guerrilla warfare, asfirst revealed to the French in Indochina, and later conclusivelydemonstrated in Algeria. Suffering as we do from what SenatorFulbright has called 'the arrogance of power,' we have beenextremely slow to learn the lesson in Vietnam, although we nowrealize that war is political and cannot be won by militarymeans. It is apparent that the myth of the monopoly of coerciveforce as it was first qualified in the civil rights conflict inthe South, then in our urban ghettos, next on the streets ofChicago, and now on our college campuses has lost its hold overthe minds of Americans. The technology of guerrilla warfare hasmade it evident that, while the state can win battles, it cannotwin wars of values. Coercive force which is centered in themodern state cannot be sustained in the face of the activeresistance of some 10 percent of the population unless the stateis willing to embark on a deliberate policy of genocide directedagainst the value dissident groups. The factor that sustained themyth of coercive force in the past was the acceptance of a commonvalue system. Whether the latter exists is questionable in themodern nation-state." [p.p. 59-60]

 

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An alternative to the commons need not be perfectly just to bepreferable. With real estate and other material goods, thealternative we have chosen is the institution of private propertycoupled with legal inheritance. Is this system perfectly just? Asa genetically trained biologist I deny that it is. It seems to methat, if there are to be differences in individual inheritance,legal possession should be perfectly correlated with biologicalinheritance-that those who are biologically more fit to be thecustodians of property and power should legally inherit more. Butgenetic recombination continually makes a mockery of the doctrineof "like father, like son" implicit in our laws oflegal inheritance. An idiot can inherit millions, and a trustfund can keep his estate intact. We must admit that our legalsystem of private property plus inheritance is unjust -- but weput up with it because we are not convinced, at the moment, thatanyone has invented a better system. The alternative of thecommons is too horrifying to contemplate. Injustice is preferableto total ruin.


Since proof is difficult, we may even concede that the resultsof anxiety may sometimes, from certain points of view, bedesirable. The larger question we should ask is whether, as amatter of policy, we should ever encourage the use of a techniquethe tendency (if not the intention) of which is psychologicallypathogenic. We hear much talk these days of responsibleparenthood; the coupled words are incorporated into the titles ofsome organizations devoted to birth control. Some people haveproposed massive propaganda campaigns to instill responsibilityinto the nation's (or the world's) breeders. But what is themeaning of the word conscience? When we use the wordresponsibility in the absence of substantial sanctions are we nottrying to browbeat a free man in a commons into acting againsthis own interest? Responsibility is a verbal counterfeit for asubstantial quid pro quo. It is an attempt to get something fornothing.


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Unfortunately this is just the course of action that is beingpursued by the United Nations. In late 1967, some thirty nationsagreed to the following: "The Universal Declaration of HumanRights describes the family as the natural and fundamental unitof society. It follows that any choice and decision with regardto the size of the family must irrevocably rest with the familyitself, and cannot be made by anyone else.''

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each human family were dependent only on its ownresources; the children of improvident parents starvedto death; thus, over breeding brought its own"punishment" to the germ line -- therewould be no public interest in controlling the breeding offamilies. But our society is deeply committed to the welfarestate, and hence is confronted withanother aspect of the tragedy of the commons.

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The argument assumes that conscience or the desire forchildren (no matter which) is hereditary-but hereditary only inthe most general formal sense. The result will be the samewhether the attitude is transmitted through germ cells, orexosomatically, to use A. J. Lotka's term. (If one denies thelatter possibility as well as the former, then what's the pointof education?) The argument has here been stated in the contextof the population problem, but it applies equally well to anyinstance in which society appeals to an individual exploiting acommons to restrain himself for the general good -- by means ofhis conscience. To make such an appeal is to set up a selectivesystem that works toward the elimination of conscience from therace.

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The tragedy of the commons is involved in population problemsin another way. In a world governed solely by the principle of"dog eat dog" --if indeed there ever was such aworld--how many children a family had would not be a matter ofpublic concern. Parents who bred too exuberantly would leavefewer descendants, not more, because they would be unable to careadequately for their children. David Lack and others have foundthat such a negative feedback demonstrably controls the fecundityof birds. But men are not birds, and havenot acted like them for millenniums, at least.