- Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest."
- "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake
- Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake
The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing - our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.
Ramzy Baroud, Common Dreams
Memorial to victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks at the French Embassy in Moscow. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Nov 27, 2015 | I still remember that smug look on his face, followed by the matter-of-fact remarks that had western journalists laugh out loud.
“I’m now going to show you a picture of the luckiest man in Iraq,” General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as ‘Stormin’ Norman, said at a press conference sometime in 1991, as he showed a video of US bombs blasting an Iraqi bridge, seconds after the Iraqi driver managed to cross it.
But then, a far more unjust invasion and war followed in 2003, following a decade-long siege that cost Iraq a million of its children and its entire economy.
Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers, journals and anthologies around the world. His is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London). His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London).
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Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?
Gary Hart, Matters of Principle
Roughly 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to clean water. (photo: getinvolved.ca)
27 December 2010 | It is quite possible that the greatest human challenge in this century will be how or whether we humans can fairly share what belongs to all. Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest." Garrett Hardin summarized this issue for the present age: "Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons."
Our economic system is built on the proposition that markets allocate resources best. But what is true of private resources may not also be true of public resources, those we hold in common. The conservative response to this is, of course, privatize all public resources. 20 years ago this was accomplished in Russia, and about a dozen and a half oligarchs ended up with most of the public assets.
Gary Hart: Scholar in Residence and Wirth Chair Professor University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
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