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Politics and Government

Just as government is needed to help markets function efficiently and fairly, government is also necessary to facilitate a thriving commons — through regulatory oversight, access mandates, taxes, and due process. Yet a key point of the commons movement is that government is not the sole means for fulfilling the aspirations of “we the people.”

Business Can't Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

June 4, 2012 | by David Morris

Private sector depends on public subsidies to compete with public sector

The Pirate Party Shakes Up European Politics

May 8, 2012 | by admin

New commons-based movement gains ground in Sweden and Germany

Business Can't Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

June 4, 2012 | By David Morris

Private sector depends on public subsidies to compete with public sector

The Pirate Party Shakes Up European Politics

May 8, 2012

New commons-based movement gains ground in Sweden and Germany

Is Mitt Romney a Commoner?

April 6, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

Republicans claim that volunteers can replace government services. Not without strongly pro-commons policies.

Challenging the Republican's Five Myths on Inequality

January 19, 2012 | By David Morris

The Republican position on inequality rests on five statements, all false.

Reclaiming and Redefining America's Hopes

November 16, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

The commons worldview can helps us accomplish great things together--really

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons

November 2, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

Nobel Prize winner headlines the Minneapolis Festival of the Commons, co-sponsored by On the Commons

We Power

October 18, 2011 | By Julie Ristau & Alexa Bradley

From people's quiet yearnings, come new possibilities for a shift from me to we

How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of Their Citizens

March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Conrad

Jennifer Bradley chronicles this sea change in her new book "The Metropolitan Revolution"

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

February 14, 2014 | By David Morris

Across the US, communities discover privatization delivers inferior services at higher prices

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

January 28, 2014 | By David Morris

Living wage laws, foreclosure reforms and public banks show promise

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