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Author Bollier, David.
Title Silent theft : the private plunder of our common wealth / David Bollier.
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2002.

Author Bollier, David.
Subject Capitalism -- United States.
Commons -- United States.
Public goods.
Description 1 online resource (x, 260 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250) and indexes.
Contents The Commons, Gift Economies, and Enclosure -- Reclaiming the Narrative of the Commons -- The Stubborn Vitality of the Gift Economy -- When Markets Enclose the Commons -- Varieties of Market Enclosure -- Enclosing the Commons of Nature -- The Colonization of Frontier Commons -- The Abuse of the Public's Natural Resources -- Can the Internet Commons Be Saved? -- The Privatization of Public Knowledge -- Enclosing the Academic Commons -- The Commercialization of Culture and Public Spaces -- The Giveaway of Federal Drug Research and Information Resources -- Protecting the Commons -- The Commons: Another Kind of Property -- Strategies for Protecting the Commons.
Summary "In Silent Theft, David Bollier argues that a great untold story of our time is the staggering privatization and abuse of our common wealth. Corporations are engaged in a relentless plunder of dozens of resources that we collectively own - publicly funded medical breakthroughs, software innovation, the airwaves, the public domain of creative works, and even the DNA of plants, animals, and humans. Too often, however, our government turns a blind eye - or sometimes helps give away our assets." "Amazingly, the silent theft of our shared wealth has gone largely unnoticed because we have lost our ability to see the commons. Spooling out one outrageous story after another, Bollier skillfully weaves together debates about the Internet, the environment, biotechnology, and the communications revolution. His fresh and compelling critique illuminates a rarely explored landscape in our political and cultural life."--Jacket.
ISBN 9780203821855 (electronic bk.)
0203821858 (electronic bk.)
0415932645
9780415932646
OCLC # 868950586
Additional Format Print version: Bollier, David. Silent theft. New York : Routledge, 2002 (DLC) 2001045727


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