Taking Care of Non-Economic “Goods”

From: A
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:14 AM
To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Subject: Re:

Dear Dr. Block,

I found this point in the book summary interesting: “…This gives rise to the tragedy of the commons: when something is unowned, people have less of an incentive to care for it, preserve it, and protect it…

Would this mean that if a good is noneconomic,  it isn’t possible for there to be incentive to take care of it? If this is the rule, are there any exceptions?

Dear A:

If something is non-economic, non-scarce, it isn’t a good.

Butterflies, dirt, air, are not economic goods. And, yet, nothing precludes someone from taking care of these items


2:28 am on March 19, 2019