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Protecting The Disappearing Commons

David Bollier explains the concept of "commons" and reviews the impact of"marketization of large swaths" of shared assets in the U.S, on natural resources, property rights, biotechnology, and the Internet.

"Americans have a long tradition of creating innovative vehicles to ensure a fair return to the public on resources they collectively own. This tradition has galvanized conservationists, land reformers, and advocates of municipal ownership of transport, water, and energy systems. It motivated the architects of urban planning...It is time to revive this tradition..." [It is not possible to categorize an article that spans so many topic areas. We have put it under "community/economic development" though it covers a wide range of issues. -- Editor.]

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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