Support swells for taking back the things that belong to all of us
'The common good' an important social organizing principle.
Privatization is one of the leading causes to blame for the loss of public wealth, writes Jay Walljasper of On the Commons in The Nation. He also points out that major cuts to public services are happening at a time when demand is high, mainly because of corporate tax cuts and government cutbacks. Walljasper explains the origins of the new commons movement, concluding that it will help redefine the American political landscape.
"The commons is an old value that's resurfacing as a fresh approach to twenty-first-century crises such as escalating economic inequality, looming ecological disruption and worsening social alienation. In essence, the commons means everything that belongs to all of us, and the many ways we work together to use these assets to build a better society. This encompasses fresh air and clean water, public spaces and public services, the Internet and the airwaves, our legal system, scientific knowledge, biodiversity, language, artistic traditions, fashion styles, cuisines and much more. Taken together, it represents a vast inheritance bequeathed equally to every human-and one that, if used wisely, will provide for future generations..."
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Posted: October 13, 2011
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