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Garrett Hardins argument for the preservation of well-to-do societies is embodied by his extended metaphor of each society as a lifeboat with its members the lifeboats occupants His presentation of this metaphor is key in his assertions that the creation of an international food bank efforts to improve agriculture in foreign nations the Green Revolution and lax immigration laws will all result in universal tragedyHardins initial complaint is against humanitarian efforts to establish an international food bank to which rich nations will contribute and from which poor nations will draw Theoretically accidents famine crop failure etc should teach nations to plan ahead and budget for future tragedies the existence of an international food bank would inhibit this process from occurring by spoiling the benefiting nations In addition a food bank would allow population to constantly balloon regardless of immediate food availability For example a famine should reduce a societys population back to its carrying capacity but an international food bank would prevent this regression A popularly proposed alternative is the Green Revolution where agriculture is improved within a nation rather than food delivered directly to it Despite the superior logic inherent in this idea as compared to that of a food bank both have the exact same result overpopulationHardin proceeds to point out that immigration itself represents a significant portion of this problem Ethnic groups maintain paranoia of the label ethnocentricity and Hardin insists that this prevents wealthy nations from creating more selective immigration laws The consequence is the same as that of the food bank a drain on the wealthy nationsEssentially Hardin asserts that food banks would prevent poor countries from learning their lesson and ultimately destroy the benefiting nation due to uncontrolled population growth Likewise the Green Revolution also spurs on this disastrous uncontrolled population growth Finally uncontrolled immigration allows foreigners to go to the food rather than vice-versa thus destroying the wealthy nations in the same manner that food banks would destroy
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