From: Curtis Johnson
To: Dave Hamilton
Date: Sep 2 1998 1:08:04 am
Subject: Salt
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CJ>  There will be need for water policing--it's the "tragedy of
CJ>  the commons" at work.

DH> I have Garret Hardin's essay photocopied somewhere. Got to
DH> get it scanned in; it's one of my favourite pieces of prose.

In college I had to read some work by Mancur Olsen,
who was applying something like the principle to social
organizations--e.g., "free-riding" will tend to become a
problem in organizations larger than a few thousand.

DH> I also like his maxim, "You can't touch *anything* without
DH> affecting *something*."

And usually something else as well.

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