The Commons As An Actor in Transforming Global Political Economy


“Commons has [sic!] become active. It is no longer the passive traditional economy displaced by the superiority of ownership. It is now the new, the productive, and most importantly, it is the process that promisses to allow every brain on earth to learn.”

An intriguing lecture on the history and future of the Commons. Main focus lies on how the Commons, historically constantly reduced by hierarchical forms of ownership, now turn to become an active force, which, in its capacity for education, becomes central to all political, cultural, and environmental efforts. Fascinating how the Commons are put into perspective here — on a par with John Perry Barlow’s The Economy of Ideas (1994).

Prof Eben Moglen is Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel, and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center. The lecture was given at the workshop “Software Patents and the Commons”, New Delhi, 1 Sept 2010, organized by Software Freedom Law Center, Knowledge Commons, and Center for Internet and Society. Sponsored by Red Hat. (Biographical data taken from the youtube-pages)

via RT by @avilarenata of @dennisgut


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