Michel Bauwens: EU Commons Intergroup

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Michel Bauwens
Michel Bauwens

What We Share: A Commons- Intergroup takes off in the EU Parliament

Sophie Bloemen of the Commons Network

EXTRACT

The intergroup can be understood as confirmation of the aspirations and discourse of the commons becoming a political force. In a way, the bottom-up movement is given a certain political legitimacy by the intergroup. . . . Commons thinking expresses a strong denial of the idea that society is and should be composed of atomized individuals living as consumers. Instead the commons discourse points to the possibility that people can live their lives as citizens, deeply embedded in social relationships. Moreover, that citizens’ active participation is important in realizing wellbeing and a well-functioning society. Read full article.