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COMMON CURRENCY: Demonstrating common cause is a necessity

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The "tragedy of the commons" is a dilemma arising from a situation in which a group of individuals, acting independently and rationally in their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource even when it is clear that it is not in anyone's long-term interest for this to happen.

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This dilemma was popularized in modern times by an influential article authored by Garrett Hardin published in the journal Science in 1968.

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