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Plunder of the Commons by Guy Standing

Plunder of the Commons

A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth

Guy Standing

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Imprint: Pelican
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 29 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9780141990620

Plunder of the Commons proposes a charter for a new form of commoning, of remembering, guarding and sharing that which belongs to us all, to slash inequality and soothe our current political instability.

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
Andrew Anthony
19 Aug 2019

"Standing has produced a significant contribution to a debate that is going to become increasingly critical as resources dwindle and consumption grows"

...what remains constant throughout is Standing’s clear prose and elegant arguments. There seems little doubt that we need to rethink how we evaluate our national wealth. The crude metric of GDP contrives to miss vital aspects of our wellbeing. We need to radically expand our sense of public space, from cityscapes through to the countryside, not just in terms of utility but also ownership and civic responsibility... That old Oscar Wilde line about people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing will never lose relevance. But the removal of price does not necessitate the appreciation of value. Standing has produced a significant contribution to a debate that is going to become increasingly critical as resources dwindle and consumption grows.

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