Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195093858
ISBN-10: 0195093852
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In Living Within Limits, Hardin focuses on the neglected problem of overpopulation, making a forceful case for dramatically changing the way we live in and manage our world. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


"Hardin, though walking a minefield in this book, sets off very few because his analysis, with a handful of exceptions, is politically and culturally neutral: he argues credibly that immigration to rich countries must be controlled, that foreign aid sets the groundwork for future disaster, that birth control is a necessary but insufficient answer to overpopulation."―Los Angeles Times

"Well worth reading. It is filled with provocative and controversial, even disturbing ideas, and nowhere will you find a better critique of traditional economic theories that ignore the basic ecological concept of limited resources."―San Francisco Chronicle

"Hardin deftly demolishes the optimistic scenarios―from 'escape to the stars' and nuclear power to 'benign demographic transition'―by which some politicians, businesspeople, and aid officials seek to preserve 'growth' in the face of limits imposed by the earth's carrying capacity."―Booklist

"Garrett Hardin has done it again! Fuzzy thinkers will hate this book. Numerate people may not agree with all that is in it, but they will love Hardin's keen analyses and crisp exposition."―Paul R. Ehrlich

"Wonderfully rich in original ideas and insights, Living Within Limits is a compelling examination of the central question facing our civilization at the close of the millennium. In giving his answers, Hardin is unfailingly serious and his analysis is penetrating. But as he is unable to write a dull sentence, he also offers a rare intellectual feast that challenges, charms, and engages the reader in every page. A book that will be widely read and is bound to be enduringly influential."―Paul Demeny, Editor, Population and Development Review

"Another valuable addition to the already extensive, important, and extremely readable ecological literature by Garrett Hardin." ―Dan Scurlock, Human Ecology Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00UCC2U22
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press (April 22, 1993)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 22, 1993
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1673 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 351 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars About problem of overpopulation
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