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The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market & State Paperback – January 1, 2012
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We are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, people around the world are searching for alternatives. The Wealth of the Commons explains how millions of commoners have organized to defend their forests and fisheries, reinvent local food systems, organize productive online communities, reclaim public spaces, improve environmental stewardship and re-imagine the very meaning of “progress” and governance. In short, how they’ve built their commons. In 73 timely essays by a remarkable international roster of activists, academics and project leaders, this book chronicles ongoing struggles against the private commoditization of shared resources – often known as market enclosures – while documenting the immense generative power of the commons. The Wealth of the Commons is about history, political change, public policy and cultural transformation on a global scale – but most of all, it’s about individual commoners taking charge of their lives and their endangered resources. “This fine collection makes clear that the idea of the Commons is fully international, and increasingly fully worked-out. If you find yourself wondering what Occupy wants, or if some other world is possible, this pragmatic, down-to-earth, and unsentimental book will provide many of the answers.” – Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and The Durable Future
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- Publisher : Levellers Press (January 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 462 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937146146
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937146146
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #740,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 27, 2015
This was a thought-provoking, moving book that makes one think about those empty spaces we never really think about--those large common areas that we assume belong to everyone, but are now being grabbed up by the greedy and soul-less for their own insatiable and endless hunger for acquisition. The vast stretches of nameless forests, the "public" parks, England's "coomons", the trackless jungles where shy, aboriginal tribes have lived peacefully for countless generations--we never have reason to think about them or the people and animals that depend upon them for their sustenance. But now, we must.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 3, 2014
But the book lacks excitement. Fantastic information, it changes your way of thinking about economics, consumerism, corporatism, fascism, and "democracy." But it reads kinda like a Sociology text, so it's not the first book I choose from the stack.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 21, 2013
This book contains several short, thoughtful, caring , scholarly papers examining the Commons, a complex approach for organizing humanity that originated in our distance past and which seems to have a positive potential for organizing once again humanity in a world facing enormous challenges not being met by the Market and the State.
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