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Politics and Government

Just as government is needed to help markets function efficiently and fairly, government is also necessary to facilitate a thriving commons – through regulatory oversight, access mandates, taxes and due process. Yet a key point of the commons movement is that government is not the sole means for fulfilling the aspirations of “we the people.”

September 12, 2012

The President and the Citizen

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's recent speech might signal a new direction for his administration-- and the country
September 12, 2012

Needed: A New Vision for the Great Lakes

A commons belonging to all rather than a commodity for sale to the highest bidder
September 11, 2012

Will the Tide Turn on Gay Marriage This Election Year?

A new voter's guide lays out the arguments of both sides in Maine, Washington, Minnesota and Maryland
September 8, 2012

Cities By the People, Cities For the People

A conversation with David Harvey, eminent geographer, commoner, radical and champion of our right to the city
September 4, 2012

Did We Build It? Or Didn't We?

America's vanishing sense of commonwealth can be seen in this year's election
September 1, 2012

What We Can Do to Protect the Great Lakes

Creating a commons charter to govern management of the lakes will protect the public interest
August 28, 2012

Corporate Crime Does Pay

Major businesses repeatedly break the same laws over again to boost profits
August 16, 2012

For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations

Have you tried to get through to your insurance company or bank recently?
August 7, 2012

After 20 Years, Charter Schools Stray From Their Original Mission

Instead of laboratories to improve all schools, many are now for-profit enterprises with poor report cards