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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.”

Neighborhood post offices would be replaced by a counter in a big box store with a barely trained clerk. (Photo by Bruce Tuten under a Creative Commons license.)

July 30, 2014

Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

Labor solidarity threatens idea of moving post offices to big box stores

Gas taxes don't cover the cost of building and repairing highways, not to mention the environmental pricetag. (Photo from flickr.com under a Creative Commons license.)

July 25, 2014

Republicans Wreck Their Own Principles on Highways

Slash Medicare, mail delivery, student aid, but don't make drivers pay for roads

Image from Free Press Pics under a Creative Commons license.

July 22, 2014

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and some states want to control local affairs

(Photo by Martin Dewar under a Creative Commons license.)

June 16, 2014

Ecuador Takes First Step Toward a Commons Economy

Government sponsors research on how to transition to commoning and open networks

Detroit's recovery will lose ground if thousands of people are run out of their homes after the city shuts off the water.(Photo by S.J. Carey under a Creative Commons license)

June 11, 2014

International Human Rights Violations in Detroit

Thousands of people face water shut-offs as part of privatization strategy
February 14, 2014

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

Across the US, communities discover privatization delivers inferior services at higher prices
January 28, 2014

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms and public banks show promise
January 17, 2014

Republican Principles Depend on What's Best for the Rich

A stark look at class warfare in Congress
January 15, 2014

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems
January 10, 2014

The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom

Barbara Allen, a longtime student and friend with access to their personal papers, chronicles the Ostroms' life and work in a new film