Archive | 2012

ARTIST’S RIGHTS AND I: T Bone Burnett and Others Discuss Internet Freedom


As part of the Hammer Museum’s public forums, a famous music artist and producer, an author and professor, and a legendary radio broadcaster came together to discuss issues pertaining to the complexity of the Internet’s impact on the business and the morality of the entertainment industry, and more. In front of a live audience in […]

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Noam Chomsky: What Next For Occupy?


NOAM CHOMSKY: WHAT NEXT FOR OCCUPY?   Noam Chomsky is credited as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian,  activist and the ‘father of modern linguistics’ (Wikipedia) having also taught linguistics at MIT for 50 years! A long time favorite on lecture circuits and in progressive media as well as a best-selling author, his most recent […]

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What Dreams May Come?… May Day and Beyond


As a biologist and commons activist, and an avid meditator with a universalist bent, i always look forward to the Spring Festivals, Holidays, and Holy Days of celebration and renewal.  I tend to think of April (Passover – Earth Day – Easter), May (Beltane – International Workers Day – The Buddhist Festival of Wesak) and […]

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Welcome Occupy.com!


“A new media channel that will amplify the voices of Occupy. We use media to call for social, economic and environmental justice. We seek to inspire resistance, engagement and the creation of the new world we imagine… We consist of a small but growing group of dedicated occupiers working in solidarity with the movement. We […]

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The Future of the Commons


‘Excerpts from The Future of the Commons, by David Harvey, in Radical History Review Issue 109; Winter 2011   “Suppose, says Marx, a capitalist begins production with $1,000 in capital and in the first year manages to gain $200 surplus value from laborers mixing their labor with the land, and the capitalist then uses that surplus in […]

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Co-Governing Our Commons: Local to Global Decision-Making throughPublic Deliberation


Using Public Deliberation: Co-governing the Commons By Jan Inglis   Commons: gifts of nature & society; wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; e.g. water, oceans, culture, technology, seeds etc Public Deliberation: a process for reaching agreements by deeply considering the costs, consequences, and trade offs […]

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Social Charters: A comprehensive program for (re)claiming sovereignty over our natural and social commons resources


Social Charters:  Praxis of the Commons By James Bernard Quilligan, Commons Economist & Advocate                 Beyond the Market State There are two operating systems involved in the provision and allocation of goods and services in modern society. Each has familiar roots in history. Adam Smith’s legacy is that the […]

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First, Occupy the Market State: Second, Claim Sovereignty: Third, Practice Subsidiarity


Occupy and allied movements have uncovered the glaring truth, we the citizens of most nations have little or no power to reform the current Market State system that is wreaking such havoc on our economies, our communities and our ecosystems.  Can we stop the blatant enclosure of the ways and means of production (Market) and […]

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Who Owns The Sky? Occupy the Global Atmosphere Commons!


Commons Institution for the Sky?  As we move thru the Occupy Spring, Earth Day comes to mind… Many climate activists will be asking if one of the largest commons on the planet, our global atmosphere, can serve as the fulcrum to turn this unsustainable and unjust ecological, economic and political situation in a better direction […]

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Occupy, the peer-to-peer movement and Marxism


Excerpts from “Peer-to-Peer and Marxism: analogies and differences,” an interview of Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives by Jean Lievens. Having facilitated a teach-in on commons-based peer production, governance and property, at Occupy Wall Street’s Liberty Plaza encampment last November, Bauwens visited London and the School of Commoning featured him in its series of Meetings with […]

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