I'm thinking a lot about what it takes to avoid a tragedy of the commons, and I think this is a good portion why some left economic regimes head straight for authoritarianism and totalitarianism.

A society only works if most people do it. How do we build a good society without coercion into doing it?


Teach values.

Value the people doing the work to keep things working.

Accept "improved" over "perfect".

Always leave things better than you found them.

If there's work to be done, do some of it before complaining.

Maybe don't share so much with people who want someone else to do the work. Save that for the people who can't do the work.

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