You know how in Matrix, agent Smith calls humans a virus?
I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species… and I realized that you’re not actually mammals.
Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area.
There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus.
This is obviously false for capitalism, since everyone has an incentive to take good long-term care of his own private property, but is remarkably accurate for communism. Yeager points out, for example:
Each of several farmers grazing their herds on a communal pasture finds it in his individual interest to add another cow, yet the overgrazing that results may be to everyone’s disadvantage.
The tragedy of the commons, such as for example of oceans which are unowned and have therefore devolved into a common garbage dump, as well as are suffering from overfishing, indeed turns men into a pestilence.