What COVID-19 Tells Us About the Tragedy of the Commons

What COVID-19 Tells Us About the Tragedy of the Commons

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read a few articles about COVID-19’s knock-on effects on people’s behaviour—particularly stockpiling goods—which people online have called ‘stupid’ and ‘selfish.’ Is this behaviour a result of ignorance, recklessness, or perhaps a clash between collectivist and individualist ideals? The more I think about the manner in which people have been stockpiling (and, to a lesser extent…

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