Tag: On The Commons

David Morris: Labor Fights Post Office Privatization

August 2014

Labor solidarity threatens idea of moving post offices to big box stores.

Jay Walljasper: Why America Lags Behind the World on Bikes

July 2014

Even Canadians were found to bike three times more than Americans.

Jay Walljasper: The Conservative Case for a Commons Way of Life

July 2014

Distributism seeks community power.

Jay Walljasper: Good News for Communities Scared of Economic Decline

June 2014

The anchor strategy builds on existing assets to boost jobs, businesses & quality-of-life.

Jay Walljasper: Parks are Silent Victims of Our Economic & Political Ills

June 2014

The history of the WPA provides a proven way to rejuvenate them.

Maude Barlow: International Human Rights Violations in Detroit

June 2014

Measuring Detroit's destruction on a global scale.

David Morris: How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

May 2014

Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service.

Beverly Bell: Indigenous People In Honduras Block Dam on Sacred River

April 2014

Despite U.S.-backed violence against them, the Rio Blanco community is fighting back.

Jay Walljasper: How the Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

April 2014

It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today/

Peter Linebaugh: Stop, Thief!

April 2014

On commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons.

Neal Gorenflo: How Sharing Can Shift the Spirit of the Times

March 2014

Shareable magazine co-founder Neal Gorenflo says the sharing economy will help us create the kind of future we want to live in.

Jennifer Bradley: How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of their Citizens

March 2014

Jessica Conrad interviews author Jennifer Bradley about chronicling this sea change in her new book, The Metropolitan Revolution.

Jay Walljasper: Sharing the Commons Wealth

February 2014

Robert Ogilvie helps make the most of commons around us.

David Morris: When it Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

February 2014

Across the U.S., communities discover privatization delivers inferior services at higher prices.

David Morris: Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

February 2014

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms, and public banks show promise.

Jay Walljasper: The National Treasure in Your Neighborhood

January 2014

On the enduring value of the city park.

Daniel Moss: Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

January 2014

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems.

Jeremy Brecher: Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change

January 2014

A legal argument for climate protection based on the vitality of future generations.

Jay Walljasper: The Year Bike Sharing Came of Age

December 2013

Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities.

Arlene Goldbard: The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

December 2013

How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection, and citizenship.

Jay Walljasper: Walking as a Way of Life

December 2013

A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk.

David Morris: Yes to Amazon.com, No to the Public!

November 2013

Welcome to the new post office.

Jessica Conrad: Vancouver Values Sharing

November 2013

Can we move from a global surveillance state to a global sharing state?

Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s Sake

November 2013

Notes on creativity as a commons.

Jay Walljasper: Are Bike Lanes a White Thing?

October 2013

The future of bike lanes in African-American neighborhoods.

David Morris: Let Red States Opt Out of Obamacare

October 2013

The government shutdown will have demonstrated the willingness, indeed the eagerness, of Republicans to do everything possible to stop the health care law.

Jay Walljasper: Getting America Back on its Feet

October 2013

It’s time to launch a walking movement to strengthen our health and communities.

Jay Walljasper: Save the Planet, Starting on Your Block

September 2013

Local efforts have always been the backbone of global green activism.

David Morris: Only Congress Can End Forty Years Of Insanity

August 2013

Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like an interminable tragedy with three acts.

David Morris: The Tea Party Targets Public Libraries

August 2013

In Kentucky, even a $1 annual tax hike is too much for anti-government activists.

Camille Gage: The Cat’s Out of the Bag and Now I Must Take it Even Further

July 2013

Camille Gage talks to poet and performer Douglas Kearney about poetry as painting, painting as performance, and the coexistence of mediums.

Jay Walljasper: Foodopoly

June 2013

Our dysfunctional, corporate dominated food system threatens our health and the planet.

Bob Ostertag: Why I No Longer Give Away My Music

June 2013

How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads.

Jay Walljasper: Bicycling Surges Across the US, Outpacing Noisy Critics

June 2013

How the "bikelash" was overcome in New York and other cities.

Jay Walljasper: Potential Partners We Don’t Recognize

June 2013

Why local government, co-ops, community organizations, and unions are commoners.

Daniel Moss: Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

June 2013

Latin American water leaders discuss a commons approach for safe water.

Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common Ground

May 2013

Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.

Camille Gage: How Artists Strengthen Communities

May 2013

Public art is attracting government funding, but can it effect social change?

Sarah Browning: Poetry as Provocation

May 2013

Camille Gage interviews the poet, activist, and director of Split This Rock.

David Morris: Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures

May 2013

Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments—and thwarting innovation.

Jonathan Rowe: The Real Tragedy

May 2013

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons.

Jack Tuholske: The Great American Commons

April 2013

Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in forty states.

Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

April 2013

Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.

David Morris: The Rise and Fall of Radio and TV as a Commons

April 2013

By US law, the airwaves belong to all of us. But there's no sign of that today.

Jonathan Rowe: Our Hidden Wealth

March 2013

How the commons makes everything else work.

Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

March 2013

In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.

Sophia Murphy: Land Grabs Spread Throughout Developing World

March 2013

Hunger and human rights abuses threaten fragile rural communities.

Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

March 2013

And what we must do to get it back.

Pamela Palmater: A Movement to Protect the Earth Rises in Canada

February 2013

Idle No More: Indigenous people mount a high-profile challenge to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's policies.

David Morris: The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?

February 2013

The Post Office will close half its processing centers this year and end Saturday delivery.

Jay Walljasper: Who Needs Government?

January 2013

What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society?

Lewis Hyde: Creative Tension Between the Individual and the Group

January 2013

The essayist and critic interviewed on the cultural dynamics of the commons.

Andy Robinson: In Defense of Taxes

January 2013

Even if they cut into charitable giving.

Jay Walljasper: It’s All Happening at the Park

January 2013

More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn, and have fun.

Daniel Moss: Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

January 2013

As foreign investors eye their public utilities, water workers scramble to create cooperatives.

David Morris: Who Should Pay for the Costs of Climate Change?

January 2013

Increasingly frequent disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha raise the question of global sharing.

Albert Appleton: How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure–And Saved Billions of Dollars

November 2012

How did New York City manage to control pollution in its water supply on the cheap?

David Morris: A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government

October 2012

Sandy has been a vivid reminder of the role of Government.

David Morris: What Will Happen to Equal Protection Under the Law?

October 2012

The Supreme Court is poised to decide major issues like voting rights and marriage equality.

Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?

October 2012

Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?

Eric Knight: Why Do Politicians Break Promises About Tackling Climate Change?

October 2012

The problem may not be their lack of integrity, but how we frame the issue.

Jay Walljasper: The Surprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging Comeback

October 2012

Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.

Jay Walljasper: How One Dutch Neighborhood Helped People Everywhere Reclaim the Commons

September 2012

A case study in traffic calming, and why it's sometimes better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s Campaign

September 2012

Can the free market exist without the government's imposition?

David Morris: We’re the NFL. We Don’t Have to Care.

September 2012

The NFL has made its fans complicit in Roger Goodell's union-busting.

Harry Boyte: The President and the Citizen

September 2012

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration--and the country.

David Morris: The Times They’re a Changing. Or Are They?

September 2012

This autumn, four states will have the chance to become the first to defeat a same-sex marriage ban.

Jack Tuholske: A New Vision for the Great Lakes is Needed

September 2012

The Great Lakes are a commons, not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.

Harry Boyte: Did We Build It?

September 2012

A history of the concept of the commonwealth in American politics sheds some light on who exactly is the we in We Built It.

David Morris: Corporate Crime Does Pay

September 2012

With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?

David Morris: For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations

August 2012

Received wisdom aside, good customer service is easier to come by at government agencies than many private businesses.

Jay Walljasper: Not Your Father’s Motor City

August 2012

Southwest Detroit has defied the stereotype of urban decay.

David Morris: Texas Judge Rules The Sky Belongs To Everyone

August 2012

Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?

Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a Time

August 2012

The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.

David Morris: Latest Proposal to Kill Post Office Ignores Real Causes of Its Financial Crisis

August 2012

Peter Orszag, Obama's former OMB director, stands to benefit from the privatization of U.S. Postal Service.

David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

August 2012

The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.

Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic Powerlessness

July 2012

Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.

Jay Walljasper: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces

July 2012

Many public spaces have long been neglected, but it's time for their revitalization.

Leodis Scott: Colleges That Serve Everyone

July 2012

Land-grant schools can play an important part in America's educational future.

David Morris: Protect Obama’s Health Care Reform, Then Move Toward a Public Option

July 2012

Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.

David Morris: Business Can’t Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

June 2012

Competition between the public and private sectors is rigged—and in not the way you might think.

David Morris: A Phony Crisis

June 2012

The U.S. Postal Service is scaling back in the face of a massive budget deficit. Did it bring this on itself, or is someone else to blame?

Chuck Collins: A Long-Ago Meeting With The Remarkable Shirley Sherrod

July 2010 Lost in the chatter about the firing of Shirley Sherrod and subsequent USDA apology is the unquestionable fact that she had devoted her entire life to economic justice.