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.
This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognised as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth.
In his new book Plunder of the Commons economist Guy Standing shows how much public wealth has been redirected to the 1% in recent decades through the state-approved exploitation of everything from our land, to our state housing, health and benefit systems, to our justice system, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe.
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.
At this special event in the Marx Memorial Library we’ll be asking Professor Standing how this positive manifesto could guide us back to a natural state of community and sharing.
Cost: £19 / £12 concessions