Garrett Hardin – “Lifeboat Ethics”

1)  Explain Hardin’s lifeboat analogy to foreign aid.

2)  What is “the tragedy of the commons”?  List the types of commons Hardin sees.

3)  How does Hardin see the World Food Bank as a “commons in disguise”?

4)  Why does Hardin see the success of the Green Revolution as an “irrelevant point”?

5)  Locate one of Hardin’s counterpoints and assess how well he handles it.  Does he help or hurt his credibility by his treatment of the counterpoint?