The situation is completely misrepresented when Hardin tries to claim that each country is self-contained in terms of resources.
It is rather the case that members of wealthy nations have consumed vast quantities of the resources of poorer countries and added to political problems in various ways.
This happens when a country is sufficiently well-off to enjoy increased literacy, to have some confidence in the future and when women have an improved status and can gain access to birth control.
These events do not occur, however, in conditions of starvation.
I have changed my term from because these people are migrating to what they hope will be a better situation for them and their families.
The numbers indicating excess are quite striking — ecological overshoot was 140 percent in 2009 and is likely to be larger in 2010.
Not only this, but Hardin assumes that resources in the world are limited and that the earth will be unable to sustain a growing population.
However, the fact is that enough food is now produced to feed the world's population adequately. Conclusion Nations do not exist independently of one another; they actually hold very important economic relationships with one another.
Hardin fails here by neglecting to realize the causes of over-population.
His argument that we should allow the starving to die to prevent the poor overpopulating the world is, at best, misguided and, at worst, cruel and indecent.