Who Owns the Commons?

Peter Linebaugh on the Magna Carta and the 800 Year Fight for Public Goods

[Editor's note: In this episode of The Laura Flanders show, historian and author Peter Linebaugh discusses the how medieval "globalization" and marketization led to the enclosure of the commons, and replaced local production for local use with commodity production for profit.  800 years ago, the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest returned a degree of common property to the people.  Linebaugh draws connections between the events of eight centuries ago and the struggle against privatization and globalization today.  Following the interview, GRITtv takes its cameras to Caracas, where members of the youth organization Otra Beta talk about life and revolution in Venezuela, and send their messages of solidarity to activists in the U.S. and around the world. The interview with Linebaugh starts at 1:30]

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