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All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons
Walljasper, Jay
Book
2010
All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyone—water, for instance, o...
The Charter of the Forest
Article
1217
A complementary document to the Magna Carta of 1215, defining the rights of vassals, freemen, and serfs, reducing penalties, and restoring common land taken by the Crown.
Common land: Connexipedia Article
Article
Land owned collectively or by one person, but over which other people have certain traditional rights.
The Commons and the Centennial of the Easter Rising
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2016
A hundred years ago today in Dublin the Easter Rebellion commenced. This was an urban insurrection, in the revolutionary tradition. Not more than a thousand participated. It lasted five days, before t...
Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
For the Reconstitution of the Movements from Below: Autonomy and Independence: A Reflection almost Ten Years After the Water War
Olivera, Oscar
Article
2009
Within the grassroots there are mixed feelings of dissatisfaction, sadness and anger. The demand of re-appropriating the commons and natural resources like gas, petrol, minerals and water has fundamen...
India's Indigenous Peoples organise to protect forests, waters and commons
Achanta, Pushpa
Article
2015
India's neoliberal government is attempting the mass seizure of indigenous lands, commons and forests in order to hand them over for corporate exploitation with mines, dams and plantations. But tribal...
The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred
Book
2012
How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.
Liberties and Commons for All: Preface to the Korean Edition of Magna Carta Manifesto
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2012
Liberties and Commons for All expresses two aspects of the ancient English Charters of Liberty; first is the restraint on political power of the King, second is the protection of subsistence in the co...
The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All
Linebaugh, Peter
Book
2008
Linebaugh shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny -- and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture -- are being abridged. In providin...
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Hudis, Peter
Book
2013
In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx ...
A Movement Without Demands?
Deseriis, Marco; Dean, Jodi
Article
2012
We claim that far from being a strength, the lack of demands reflects the weak ideological core of the movement. We also claim that demands should not be approached tactically but strategically, that ...
Open Borders and the Tragedy of Open Access Commons
Daly, Herman
Article
2013
“Open borders” refers to a policy of unlimited or free immigration. I argue here that it is a bad policy. If you are poor and your country provides no social safety net, you move to one that does. If ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 18, 2014: The Commons
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
From its beginnings, one of capitalism’s prime imperatives has been an all-out and never-ceasing assault on the Commons in all its manifestations. Common land, common water, public ownership – anythin...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015: Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2016: Forests and trees
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
For countless centuries, forests, and the trees in them, have been seen as sources of life, livelihood, and spiritual meaning. For capitalism, however, forests are sites of extraction and profit-makin...
Public Disinterest: Information Commons Dismantled
Morris, David
Article
2010
Seventy-five years after the Federal Radio Commission declared there was no room on the public airwaves for “propaganda stations” and denied a license renewal to a station that attacked Jews and law e...
Reclaiming the Commons in Appalachia: Property is Theft
Mincy, Grant
Article
2014
The extractive resource industry has a firm hold on the wild, wonderful, but wounded Appalachians. The use of eminent domain and compulsory pooling has robbed communities of their cultural and natural...
Sharing as our common cause
Article
2014
A call for sharing underpins many existing initiatives for social justice, environmental stewardship, true democracy and global peace. On this basis, STWR argues that sharing should be more widely pro...
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Solidarity Economies: A Guerrilla War against Capitalism: An Interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo
Bell, Beverly; Hsu, Jessica
Article
2014
Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we strug...
Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance
Linebaugh, Peter
Book
2014
A collection of fifteen chapters on many different aspects of the commons, mostly from a historical perspective.
Tragedy of the anticommons: Connexipedia Article
Article
A coordination breakdown where the existence of numerous rights holders frustrates achieving a socially desirable outcome.
Tragedy of the commons: Connexipedia Article
Article
A dilemma in which multiple individuals acting independently and solely and rationally consulting their own self-interest will ultimately destroy a shared limited resource even when it is clear that i...
12 Reasons You'll Be Hearing More About The Commons In 2012
Walljasper, Jay
Article
2012
"We Power" stands at the convergence of economic and cultural trends.
Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System
McMurtry, John
Book
1998
McMurtry's central argument in this work is the global market can be an ethical thing if a civil commons is put into place. The civil commons is a economic system in which individuals, not a handful o...
Why The Language of the Commons Matters
Bollier, David
Article
2012
Our very language for identifying problems and imagining solutions has been compromised. We may have many unattractive human traits fueled by individual fears and ego, but we are also creatures entire...
Winstanley & The Diggers: The Spirtual and Political Story of a Seventeenth Century Communist Movement
Spritzler, John
Article
Spritzler sets out to show that the resistance to the Hobbesian ideas that rule our lives today is as old as those ideas themselves. Hobbes' basic assumption is that men are necessarily locked into a ...
Winstanley’s Ecology
Johnson, Daniel
Article
2014
Largely forgotten for much of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the communist thought of Winstanley was rediscovered by German and Russian Marxists in the late nineteenth century.
The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
Hill, Christopher
Book
1984
Hill looks at radical groups such as the Diggers, Levellers, Ranters, and others, whose ideas threatened to overturn the established order in the mid-seventeenth century.

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