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"Fight for a World Without Coal" by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Feb. 14th, 2011

Readers, in case there is any doubt this article is essentially about the abuse and mis-use of the commons for profit, and all manner of additional economic atrocities perpetrated upon the communities who die and suffer as collateral damage to shareholder dividends and national economic policies which treat the areas where the mineral wealth is plundered much like the contempt commonly expressed for third world poverty.

"The Future of the Commons" By David Harvey, Univ. of Mass at Amherst,

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen Garrett Hardin’s classic article, “The Tragedy of the Commons,”1 cited as an irrefutable argument for the superior efficiency of private property rights with respect to land and resource uses and, therefore, as an irrefutable justification for privatization. This mistaken reading in part derives from Hardin’s appeal to the metaphor of cattle, under the private ownership of several individuals concerned with maximizing their individual utility, pastured on a piece of common land.

"Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion" By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Nov 22, 2010

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. The electoral process has been hijacked by corporations. The judiciary has been corrupted and bought. The press shuts out the most important voices in the country and feeds us the banal and the absurd. Universities prostitute themselves for corporate dollars. Labor unions are marginal and ineffectual forces. The economy is in the hands of corporate swindlers and speculators. And the public, enchanted by electronic hallucinations, remains passive and supine.

"Zero Point Of Systemic Collapse: Toward Sustainability" By Chris Hedges Counter Currents, 19 March, 2010

Readers, I have been offline for about a week due to a computer problem and then a computer bungle on my part which made a problem larger not smaller. I am still catching up on my email and associated w3 tasks, so my message needs to be short. There are also numerous things/issues boiling up locally that I need to be involved with. Most of these aspects are generally positive and related to these topics so I will probably come back with a short essay on it all. I will report more on this later. I may add to this particular later. As you may have noticed I generally like Hedges's writing.

"Commons are institutional spaces in which we are free." By Yochai Benkler Translation by Michelle Thorne, Silke Helfrich, Dav

Readers, the numbedr of commons related articles seem few and far between, and this is the primary reason I am publishing this. Some of the language is very libertarian, which generally I interpret as actually anti-commons in fact though framed as a "commons" as a "free space." The "unprecedented accumulation of wealth" as a validation is actually a bit dim. Wealth is actually only transferred generally, and exracting wealth from what eould be defined as a commons zone ends up being a stealth version of "free market" malarkey.

"Modernizing Henry George" by Herman Daly

Readers, though Georgist economics is I believe a essential part of functional fiscal policy, Daly goes off onto shaky ground when he validates William Stanley Jevons's so called "Jevons's paradox. If you allow yourself to accept that technologies of energy efficiency automatically causes the increase in consumption, then you will miss noticing the examples where increased energy efficiency does not contribute to increased energy consumption. You will also miss how increased energy consumption is often hard wired into the economy by the intervention of capital interests for higher profits.

"The Quiet Revolution, Venezuelans experiment with participatory democracy" By Andrew Kennis August 6, 2010

Readers, this article is in the category of building the commons, the novel idea that the process of governance as a commons should be controlled by communities of natural persons, if not also including the sustainability of the local environment. While electoral politics are to a degree an advancement over monarchies, electoral democracy is a weak form of democracy, particularly when and where corporations are allowed to have free speech in the form of corporate campaign contributions.

Public cost of private benefit - A review of Global Auction of Public Assets book by Dexter Whitfield

review by Michael Barratt Brown in Red Pepper, Feb/March 2010 published at
Readers, this book and review refers to the British context, but I believe that that it is not substantially different than any other national context which has been dominated by the phony econo-theology of Free Market "economics." Admin

RIGHTS VS PRIVILEGES By Robert De Fremery , a review by Stephen Zarlenga, American Monetary Institute

For the last 5 decades, Robert De Fremery has been one of the most consistent forces for monetary reform in America. Though not generally known to the public, De Fremery's persistent correspondence with Federal Reserve authorities, and nationally known economists has had a lasting influence upon many of them. His ideas on one hundred percent reserve banking and increasing the money supply in proportion to population growth, have appeared over the years in prestigious financial journals, as well as in his previous book MONEY AND FREEDOM.

The Commons Wasn't Born Yesterday, Posted by Tom OConnell

Looking back at the Cooperative Commonwealth movement of the 1930s

I am a veteran of the 1960’s New Left. I helped organize demonstrations in Minnesota against the Indochinese war and participated in small-scale efforts to build a new society from the ground up: communal living, free schools, community controlled neighborhood development.

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