2016: The Year that Wasn’t Normal

[ETC Group, 30/01/2017] ETC Group’s Long-Awaited 2016 Year-in-Review So you say you want a (fourth) revolution, well you know… Fashionably late and just in time for the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, ETC Group once again offers a tonque-in-cheek wake-up call and look-back at the last thirteen months (spoiler: despite our best hopes, waiting the extra month didn’t make the news any cheerier) Brexit … Continue reading 2016: The Year that Wasn’t Normal

El adiós al petróleo barato en la globalización

[Gerardo Honty, Alainet.org] A fines de 2015, el precio del petróleo había caído a valores propios de principios de siglo, luego de haber alcanzado un pico cercano a los US$ 150 por barril en 2008. Los pronósticos indican que los precios seguirán bajos durante 2016, algo que parece difícil de explicar en un mundo en el que cada vez es más costoso producir petróleo. Sin … Continue reading El adiós al petróleo barato en la globalización

Reclaiming the Commons

[David Bollier] Why we need to protect our public resources from private encroachment.*

They hang the man and flog the woman
That steal the goose from off the common,
But let the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.
—English folk poem, circa 1764

One of the great questions of contemporary American political economy is, who shall control the commons? “The commons” refers to that vast range of resources that the American people collectively own, but which are rapidly being enclosed: privatized, traded in the market, and abused. The process of converting the American commons into market resources can accurately be described asenclosure because, like the movement to enclose common lands in eighteenth-century England, it involves the private appropriation of collectively owned resources. Continue reading “Reclaiming the Commons”