"This is an original, powerful and ground breaking book. It is utterly fascinating and charts a path that gives me, and will give others, hope for a better future. Linebaugh sends an important message to a world that increasingly believes that private ownership of our resources can make us more prosperous. As we struggle to regain lost liberty ...
"This is an original, powerful and ground breaking book. It is utterly fascinating and charts a path that gives me, and will give others, hope for a better future. Linebaugh sends an important message to a world that increasingly believes that private ownership of our resources can make us more prosperous. As we struggle to regain lost liberty "The Magna Carta Manifesto" makes us understand that freedom is about guaranteeing the economic and social rights that allow all of us to partake of political freedom."--Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights "Ideas can be beautiful too, and the ideas Peter Linebaugh provokes and maps in this history of liberty are dazzling, reminders of what we have been and who we could be. In this remarkable small book, he traces one path of liberty back to the forests and the economic independence they represented for medieval Britons, another path to recent revolutionaries, another to the Bush Administration's assaults on habeas corpus, the Constitution, and liberty and he links the human rights charter that Magna Carta represented to the less-known Forest Charter, drawing a missing link between ecological and social well-being."--Rebecca Solnit, author of "Storming the Gates of Paradise" "There is not a more important historian living today. Period."--Robin D.G. Kelley, author of "Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination" "Ranging across the centuries, and from England to Asia, Africa and the Americas, Peter Linebaugh shows us the contested history of Magna Carta--how the liberties it invoked were secured and (as today) violated, and how generations of ordinary men and women tried to revive the idea of the commons in the hope of building a better world."--Eric Foner, author of "The Story of American Freedom"
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Linebaugh did a magnificent job writing this book. The scholarship is at a similar level to his "The London Hanged." Any one seriously interested in the commons as a principle and practice should read this book. The side point being that we are currently operating under the principle of privatization of the commons in every context. The material that Linebaugh brings to bear in telling the story of the commons and about a way of life, commoning. So many of the people who are currently advocating nominally in favor of the commons, seem to have little understanding about commoning. The history that Linebaugh presents indicates that privatization through theft and legislation was largely accomplished as a right of "nobility."
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