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  •  yes yes yes (10+ / 0-)

    i've been ruminating on a comprehensive diary tackling the steady dismantling of the "commons" in our country.

    this is it.

    thanks, killer.  privatizing public resources/services inverts the purpose of those resources/services in an almost tautological way (public resources made private are not public).

    I will believe corportions are people when Texas executes one.

    by patchmo13 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 12:49:34 PM PDT

    •  I would be interested to read such a Diary! (6+ / 0-)

      I'm glad you mentioned the term "Commons", as I think we need to emphasize the importance of this idea to the health of our Democracy.

      The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment - forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries or grazing land - that are shared, used and enjoyed by all.

      Today, the commons are also understood within a cultural sphere. These commons include literature, music, arts, design, film, video, television, radio, information, software and sites of heritage. The commons can also include public goods such as public space, public education, health and the infrastructure that allows our society to function (such as electricity or water delivery systems)

      (Wiki - Commons)

      This ties in well with kmackle's comment just down-thread...

      Responsible stewardship of The Commons to provide the greatest good for the greatest number is a moral imperative.

      Progressives need to assert the authority and absolute morality of our political ideas beginning with a clear and concise definition of the public good!

      I kinda screwed up with a careless uprate so (for now?) I'm a "No Rate" pariah. So when I give a comment "+110% n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround fix to participating in this community!)

      by The Angry Architect on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 04:36:54 PM PDT

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