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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.”

March 15, 2006

Transforming American Law to Promote Preservation of the Earth

If we are going to save our planet's ecosystems, we must change the core structure of the common law that arose in the nineteenth century and still governs our legal system.
March 10, 2006

Ten Tenets: The Law of the Commons of the Natural World

The ten commons commandments, which already are enshrined in legal traditions and many state laws.
March 10, 2006

Massachusetts Pioneers a New Standard in Openness

State of Massachusetts pioneers a new era of openness in software.
February 16, 2006

The Looting Continues....

The looting continues as the Bush Administration hands priceless commons assets to corporations.
February 8, 2006

As Social Insurance Collapses, Social Insecurity Rises

The yo-yo (your own your own) society diminishes America's future.
January 24, 2006

A New Frontier in Privatization: State Roads

A new frontier in privatization: state roads.
January 23, 2006

The Looting of Our Common Wealth: An Ongoing Saga

Another chapter in the looting of our common wealth: the Bush Administration helps natural gas firms to defraud the public.
December 21, 2005

Coming Soon: Land Grab At Amtrak

No way to run a railroad. Amtrak undermined by the Bush Administration.
December 15, 2005

Our Public Lands Remain Safe – For Now

A scandalous bill to practically give away millions of acres of public land fails.
September 16, 2005

When Democracy and Capitalism Cohabitate

A look at U.S. history is a sobering experience. Government generally defends the property of the wealthy against everyone else. But occasionally things shift.