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Public Assets, Private Profits: Reclaiming the American Commons in an Age of Market Enclosure

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dc.contributor.author Bollier, David en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:18:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:18:57Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-07 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-07 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/35
dc.description.abstract "Many of the resources that Americans own as a people - forests and minerals under public lands, public information and federally financed research, the broadcast airwaves and public institutions and traditions - are increasingly being taken over by private business interests. These appropriations of common assets are siphoning revenues from the public treasury, shifting ownership and control from public to private interests, and eroding democratic processes and shared cultural values. "In the face of this marketization of public resources, most Americans do not realize that some of our most valuable assets are collective and social in character - our 'common wealth.' Collectively, U.S. citizens own one-third of the surface area of the country, as well as the mineral-rich continental shelf. Huge deposits of oil, uranium, natural gas and other mineral wealth can be found on public lands, along with rich supplies of timber, fresh water and grazing land. Beyond environmental resources, the American people own dozens of other assets with substantial market value, including government- funded research and development, the Internet, the airwaves and the public information domain. "Our government, for its part, is not adequately protecting these assets. Instead, it is selling them off at huge discounts, giving them away for free, or marketizing resources that should not be sold in the first place. These include, public lands, genetic structures of life, the public's intellectual property rights, and cherished civic symbols. "The growing appropriations of public assets - and the spread of market values to areas of life where they should not go - could be called the 'enclosure' of the American commons." en_US
dc.publisher New America Foundation en_US
dc.subject commodification en_US
dc.subject enclosure en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject public domain en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.title Public Assets, Private Profits: Reclaiming the American Commons in an Age of Market Enclosure en_US
dc.type Book en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Washington, DC en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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