The Case for the Commons

In a new series for Bright Green Justin Kenrick examines ‘The Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’.

Describing how to avoid the worst effects of climate change we must totally re-order our economic system, Justin argues that international agreements have failed and will fail: what is needed is a ‘Commons’ approach to the climate and related crises. From what the commons is and how it functions to the current political context we need to creatively respond to, to make space for commons approaches, Justin builds a compelling case for a new vision of society.

Being Human – and refusing ecocide

Posted on August 5, 2011 by | 4 Comments

Where are the proposals, the routemaps, to help us disentangle ourselves from the ecocidal economic growth machine we have been convinced we are wedded to? There are clearly many such routemaps, but most crucially what is needed is to identify how such a routemap can work both within the electoral system as it stands (within [...]

Prefiguring the kinder society we want

Posted on July 16, 2011 by | No Comments

To resist the attempts of those who seek to drag yet more wealth away from ordinary people to fill the coffers of those who brought us the financial crisis, we need to clarify our understanding of how the system as a whole is changing and needs to change, fast; and create the spaces for prefiguring [...]

The Global North – the need to prepare for two very different scenarios

Posted on July 15, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The economic and political situation is clearly volatile rather than static. It can all go either way very quickly, that our response (or lack of one) is what will make it go one way or another. So we need to be preparing for highly different possible futures. Capitalism triumphant: On the one hand, if the [...]

What are current political conditions, and how could a Commons approach flourish in them?

Posted on July 14, 2011 by | 1 Comment

In Robin McAlpine’s superb analysis (After the election . . . where next for Scottish Politics?) the Scottish Parliamentary Holyrood May 2011 election was about a long term process in which:  a broadly left-of-centre consensus has interacted with a more specific left-focussed strand of the electorate, and this has generated continuing change in Scottish politics [...]

Can we criticise the current system in a way that prefigures and enables a more just society?

Posted on July 11, 2011 by | 3 Comments

In a recent interview, the BBC’s political editor Andrew Marr asks Noam Chomsky whether he thinks Marr is “self-censoring”. Chomsky replies by saying, in effect: No, there is no self-censorship involved. Rather, those who advance in politics and the media advance because they have demonstrated they are willing to conform to dominant values and power [...]

Why do we knuckle under and accept a system driving us to extinction?

Posted on July 10, 2011 by | No Comments

This is the fourth in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the fifth will try to begin answering the question: How can we criticise the current system in a way that prefigures and helps enable a more just society? (Read parts one, two and three) It is the [...]

What is the Commons, and how does it work?

Posted on July 7, 2011 by | 2 Comments

This is the third in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the fourth will try to begin answering the question: Why do we knuckle under and accept a system driving us to extinction? (Parts one and two.) In a strange 1984 kind of way, most people know the [...]

The Commons is alive and well, and we can be part of it

Posted on July 6, 2011 by | 9 Comments

This is the second in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the third will try and answer the question: What is the Commons, and how does it work? You can read part one here. What is needed is a ‘Commons’ approach to the climate and related crises, [...]

Climate chaos – Can we stop it before its too late?

Posted on July 5, 2011 by | 6 Comments

If Copenhagen was the last chance to stop climate chaos, if we had to turn the whole ship round by 2012 to stand a chance but are now racing even faster for the rocks, if the expert commentators think we are heading for at least 650ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, and a rise of 4C [...]