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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.”

May 22, 2013

From Berlin With Hope

International Economics & the Commons Conference breaks new ground in how we thrive together
May 8, 2013

Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures

Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments--and thwarting innovation
May 4, 2013

The Commons That Connects Us Six Days a Week

The Post Office is under siege from many sides, but is showing political resilience
May 1, 2013

Summertime Ooooohhs!

A disproportionately large share of our best memories happen in parks
April 17, 2013

Good News for the Common Good

4 recent victories strengthen the commons
April 14, 2013

Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

Public water systems, public education, public libraries and public roads are modern innovations
April 1, 2013

The Rise and Fall of Broadcasting as a Commons

By U.S. law, the airwaves belong to all of us. But there's no sign of that today
March 23, 2013

What You Can Do to Stop "Democracy For Sale"

Bill McKibben reports the latest from Washington on the Keystone XL pipeline
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