Chapter 25: Political economies of The Commons
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When Hardin penned 'The Tragedy of the Commons' he was little aware of the wider precedent reading of its philosophical scope and application outside of his economic context, and its increasing relevance to the corporatisation of the globe. Hardin's argument was that 'commons' means any shared and unregulated resource where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by selfishly exploiting the shared resource through their action, resulting in its demise and the loss of our community voice to 'independent experts', politicians and governance decision-makers divorced from an ethos of the 'common good'. This chapter explores this conundrum, drawing reference to two epigraphs contained in Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy, challenging the reader to think about what is transpiring globally and the consequences of the corporatisation of our decision-making upon our landscapes, our environments, and our societies and their cultures and values.

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