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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.”

February 25, 2013

How Commons-based Strategies Can Transform Your Hometown

Invite OTC to town to boost public life and community connections
February 6, 2013

The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?

The Post Office will close half its processing centers this year and end Saturday delivery
January 29, 2013

Who Needs Government?

What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society
January 21, 2013

In Defense of Taxes

Even if they cut into charitable giving
December 19, 2012

Should Taxpayers Subsidize Charity?

A few surprises about giving in America
December 6, 2012

Lincoln, the Movie, and the Rest of the Story

150 years of struggle for minorities to gain power
November 14, 2012

Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution

81 percent want resources not privately owned to be declared national property
November 10, 2012

Mayors Take Over the World

The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons
November 10, 2012

How to Get Fat Cat Money Out of Our Elections

A commons-based solution for invigorating democracy in the U.S.
November 8, 2012

A Close Election, But Potentially A Transformative One

A win for Obama and the Democrats opens a door for the commons