the commons vs public space

Below excerpted from Mark Jagdev’s Private, Public, or Common: Who Owns Space?

Reposted from Occupy Vancouver Voice, authored by Stephen Collis, 
originally published on: 08 December 2011

History lesson over. The point is that a “commons” is a space a population uses for satisfying its social needs; it is a space of collective independence; no one owns it, but ideally, all have use of it. The Occupy Movement has essentially been asserting a right to a new kind of commons—a political commons upon which all are invited to enter into the on-going democratic process of governing ourselves. We currently have no such space—our so-called “public” spaces are there only for leisure and temporary pleasures permitted by proprietary governments (and our governmental political spaces are increasingly the preserve only of the wealthy and privileged).

RT @quilian Private, Public, or Common: Who Owns Space #whOWNSpace #commons vs #public #OccupyVancouver #humanness


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