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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.

March 23, 2013

Our Hidden Wealth

How the commons makes everything else work
March 19, 2013

To Fix Our Economy, Consult a Book from 1944

Hungarian economist Karl Polanyi anticipated our economic mess
March 10, 2013

Land Grabs Spread Throughout Developing World

Hunger and Human Rights abuses threaten fragile rural communities
March 9, 2013

A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

And what we must do to get it back
March 9, 2013

Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

In the early 20th Century, Progressives saw urban land as common property
January 21, 2013

In Defense of Taxes

Even if they cut into charitable giving
January 8, 2013

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

As foreign investors eye their public utilities, water workers scramble to create cooperatives
December 2, 2012

Be a Local (Economy) Hero This Holiday Season

The old phrase “use or lose it” applies especially to neighborhood businesses
November 14, 2012

Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution

81 percent want resources not privately owned to be declared national property
October 22, 2012

A 500-Year Revolution of the Rich Against the Poor

The loss of the Medieval commons still affects the world today