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Our Common Wealth The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work

ISBN-10: 1609948335

ISBN-13: 9781609948337

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jonathan Rowe, Peter Barnes, Bill McKibben, David Bollier

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A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and highly vulnerable. "The Commons" is a generic term that denotes everything we share, our entire life support system, both natural and social. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness and flowing water. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public squares, the stories of childhood, language, customs and traditions. But they all “belong” to all of us, if that is the word. No one has exclusive rights. We inherit them jointly and hold them in trust for those who come after us.This concise, comprehensive work examines the history and tragic neglect of the commons and offers pragmatic advice for strengthening and protecting it at a time when privatization and control are economic mantras. It is both reflective and practical, exploring the complex but vital relationship of the commons to the market and the state and the importance of the commons in the modern world.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Jonathan Rowe was a Nader's "Raider," a US Senate aide, an editor at the Washington Monthly, and cofounder of OntheCommons.org.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Foreword
Introduction
Theory
Our Hidden Wealth
How Tragic Is the Commons?
A New Commons Story
A Parallel Economy
Stop the Invasions!
The Myopia of Money
Human Nature and the Commons
Common Property
Takers and Givers
The Community of Goods
Conservative Commoners, Once
Practice
Accounting for Common Wealth
Tollbooths of the Mind
Subsistence from the Commons
Build It and They Will Sit
Sidewalks of the Information Age
Reallocating Time
Time Banking
Who Owns the Beach?
From Alleys to Commons
New Institutions Needed
Seeds of a Commons Movement
Afterword
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
About the Editor
About On The Commons
About West Marin Commons