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Economy and Markets

Conventional economic theory fails to account for the pivotal role of the commons in generating and distributing wealth. It is important to understand the limits of individual property rights and pay attention the wide benefits coming from the commons sector of the economy.

October 2, 2011

Elinor Ostrom's 8 Principles for Managing A Commmons

OTC co-sponsers a Commons Festival featuring the Nobel Prize winner Oct. 7-8 in Minneapolis
September 18, 2011

A Secret Inheritance Is Being Stolen From You Right Now

Can the American Dream survive the plunder of the common good?
September 6, 2011

Trusts: A Uniquely Commons Form of Ownership

Not private, not government, they preserve resources for the public good
September 3, 2011

CEOs Get Massive Rewards for Dodging Corporate Taxes

Many major companies pay CEOs more than they do Uncle Sam
August 22, 2011

How to Start a Revolution in Our Time

Tips on creating an effective protest camp
August 17, 2011

The Planet Strikes Back

The commons becomes our stage for stopping crimes against the Earth
August 5, 2011

We Will Grow The Economy By Shrinking It

We are guided by our superstitions. The newest one? We can grow the economy by shrinking it.
August 3, 2011

Got Hope?

Where do we go from here after the budget deal disaster?
July 31, 2011

Budget Debate is Not About Taxes, It's About Outsourcing Public Services

Iraq War shows us the huge profits corporations reap when they take over the role of government
July 27, 2011

The Commons Offers Hope for Healing America's Racial & Class Divide

Whites are now 20 times wealthier than African-Americans on average