Building a New Social Commons

Here’s a fascinating piece by the New Economics Foundation which, whilst it is lengthy, is well worth a read.  It puts together a broad ranging strategic framework for thinking about how society may be refocused away from an emphasis of the individual towards an emphasis of the value of the social in human life:

http://neweconomics.org/2017/05/building-new-social-commons/

Gender (a)tending

Here’s an interesting piece by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper about an understanding of gender that challenges other understandings of gender and in so doing seeks to highlight some of the political power that is rooted in how we understand and use this term.  Extremely thought provoking stuff:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-idea-that-gender-is-a-spectrum-is-a-new-gender-prison

Umberto Eco on Fascism

Here’s an interesting article that tooks about the varying qualities of fascism and how under this understanding it holds an ever present threat that can coagulate around the identified aspects, beginning in the most innocent of ways.  Whilst reading it it will probably trigger thoughts relating to current political events:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/

Why The Railways Should Be Returned To The Public

Here’s an article explaining the failure of the privatisation of a public asset, and some good reasons as to why we should “take back control” of the railways to improve services and cut prices rather than using them to increase inequality, and fund other countries publicly owned rail services:

http://neweconomics.org/2017/01/railways-failed-next/

Common Transition

Here’s a group that look to collate ideas and policies in a movement toward breaking down the dichotomy of market and state by reintroducing a conception of the commons, as a third term whilst re-imagining both state and market at the same time:

“This process requires the re-conception and re-alignment both of traditional commons and co-operative thinking, and practice, into new institutional forms that prefigure a new political economy of co-operative commonwealth.”

http://commonstransition.org/about-commons-transition-2/

http://commonstransition.org/what-is-commons-transition/