Today the planet faces a genuine tragedy of the unmanaged “commons.” For decades an open access and unmanaged resource has been treated with the same sort of disregard as Hardin’s pasture was treated. The planet’s life-supporting atmosphere has been spoiled by “‘help yourself’ or ‘feel free’ attitudes” (Hardin 1998: 683). We are now faced with the seemingly impossible task of transforming an open access and unmanaged planetary resource into a commons which is managed and cared for. With the cause and impacts of global warming now beyond debate, we are being pressed to take responsibility and to act in new ways. But how are we to do this? What type of politics is called for?
J.K. Gibson-Graham, J. Cameron & S. Healy. 2016. “Commoning as Postcapitalist Politics.” In A. Amin and P. Howell (eds) Releasing the Commons: Rethinking the Futures of the Common. 192-212. (London: Routledge).