He was a unique and original thinker who constantly challenged our prevailing ideas of progress. Senator Byron Dorgan.
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Jonathan Rowe bequeathed us a provocative concept that could unite left and right—the fostering of places and institutions outside the realms of business and government that can protect us from twenty-first century avarice. The relentless colonization of these realms by the market explains much that has gone wrong with modern society.
Yes, the commons has been around for a long time, but rarely has its potential been explained so clearly. In Our Common Wealth , he shows how we can share, rather than destroy, the varied bounties of our earth and our own communities.
Our Common Wealth
You can see echoes of Charles Murray here as well as Philip Slater. Pure air is wealth we share; air pollution is a taking of that wealth.
Contemplative quiet is shared wealth; noise pollution is a taking of it. There is an economics of common wealth. The best of his writing on the subject is in your hands. Not available in stores. The following ISBNs are associated with this title:. ISBN - Look for similar items by category:. Prices and offers may vary in store. Kobo ebook. A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and under siege.
Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness, and watersheds. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public spaces, the Internet, our languages, cultures, and technologies. Jonathan Rowe illuminates the scale and value of the commons, its symbiotic relationship with the rest of our economy, its importance to our personal and planetary well-being, and how it is threatened by privatization and neglect.
He unifies many seemingly disparate struggles—against pollution, excessive development, corporate marketing to children, and more—with the force of this powerful idea. And he calls for new institutions that create a durable balance between the commons and the profit-seeking side of our economy.
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Sure, parking is sometimes hard to find on Main Street and the feed barn now includes an espresso bar, but Point Reyes Station is still a very quiet place, nestled amid nature and farms, with friendly merchants, a local newspaper two, actually , and caring neighbors. Which is how Jonathan Rowe thought the world ought to be.
I met Jonathan long before either of us lived here. Lafayette, IN.
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