The View on Overpopulation: Looking Deeper into the Hardinian Taboo

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Introduction "One would have thought that it was even more necessary to limit population than property...The neglect of this subject, which in existing states is so common, is a never-failing cause of poverty among the citizens; and poverty is the parent of both revolution and crime." This quote did not come from any professional doomsayer or modern writer, or even an ecologist or a historian. Aristotle said this, though he lived in a time where the population was four percent of what it is today. People have been worried about overpopulation since the period before Christ. This makes you wonder how something as serious as overpopulation got so far out of hand. So out of control, in fact, that overpopulation could be the biggest threat to…show more content…
The taboo was named after the famous demographer Garrett Hardin, best known for The Tragedy of the Commons. He wrote extensively on the topic of overpopulation; he also wrote Stalking the Wild Taboo. Those who can’t look at the world ecology without optimism do not like what Hardin had to say about the world’s problems. That is what the Hardinian taboo is, broken down. Hardin was very curt that animals are not the only ones who suffer from overpopulation. He used a lot of straightforward talking to get his point across as bluntly as possible. “In an uncrowded world there may be no ethical need for the ecological concept of the carrying capacity. But ours is a crowded world.”(315 Hardin) Hardin expresses his own dislike of the situation our world is in right now, but he refuses to ignore the issue just to be politically correct. Hardin proposes the concern with this existing condition is, “…that taboo inhibits the discussion of many issues that, if carried far enough, might lead to acceptable solutions”(345 Hardin). Brilliant scientists are solving the problems that are the dependent variables, but refuse to tackle the root of all troubles. This is because of the political incorrectness of population control that is a looming shadow over a very critical topic. Publications Avoid Demographic Entrapment The Hardinian taboo is so deeply seeded in the minds of those

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