Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Common Wealth

Common Wealth Review: Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth Review: An End to Poverty?–A Historical Debate (Hardcover) Review: Common Wealth–Economics for a Crowded Planet Review: Deep Economy–The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future Review: How to Change the World–Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition Review: …

David Bollier: Commons as Tool for Sharing Wealth

I recently spoke at a conference, “Property and Inequality in the 21st Century,” hosted by The Common Core of European Private Law, an annual gathering of legal scholars, mostly from Europe. They had asked me how the commons might be a force for reducing inequality. Below are my remarks, “The Commons as a Tool for …

Worth A Look: From Slavery to Cooperative Commonwealth

This book reconstructs how a group of nineteenth-century labor reformers appropriated and radicalized the republican tradition. These ‘labor republicans’ derived their definition of freedom from a long tradition of political theory dating back to the classical republics. In this tradition, to be free is to be independent of anyone else’s will – to be dependent …

SchwartzReport: A Coup (Treason), Electoral Reform, or Continue Business as Usual Looting the Commonwealth?

TREASON noun treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness; sedition, subversion, mutiny, rebellion. ANTONYMS allegiance, loyalty. This is the voice of the Theocratic Right. Fox News Analyst Tells Tea Party Group He Can Lead a Military Coup Against Obama TRAVIS GETTYS – The Raw Story A retired Army general and Fox News analyst told a Tea Party group …

Chuck Spinney: Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan — Treason, Looting of the Commonwealth, Destruction of the Millitary, and Wanton Collateral Damage…

Below, Seumas Milne well summarizes the calamitous results of our misbegotten GWOT* crusades in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.  The result is not pretty, but that is hardly surprising. While Milne’s call for accountability applies to the British contribution to the GWOT, it bespeaks volumes for the United States — a country that prides itself on its …

Chuck Spinney: Be Very Afraid — Obama Kept the Debt He Promised to Write Down and Now Pressure is On for Governments to Sell the Commonwealth Piece by Piece

From the Bubble Economy to Debt Deflation and Privatization Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, 2013-07-05 The Federal Reserve’s QE3 has flooded the stock and bond markets with low-interest liquidity that makes it profitable for speculators to borrow cheap and make arbitrage gains buying stocks and bonds yielding higher dividends or interest. In principle, one could borrow at …

Review (Guest): The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State

David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (editors) We are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, people around the world are searching for alternatives. The Wealth of the Commons explains how millions …