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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

'One of the most important books I've read in years' Brian Eno We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries are sponsored by banks and oil companies

3 stars out of 5
Andrew Anthony
19 Aug 2019

"An economist’s manifesto for guarding our natural resources from private companies is elegant and important"

One can quibble with these inconsistencies but 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.