Once there was a lot of land that anyone could access and from which anyone could take what they needed to survive. When that land, and other common resources, was enclosed, people, including machine-breakers called Luddites, rose up. Peter Linebaugh talks about Luddism, the fencing off of the commons, popular resistance to dispossession, and the radical message and enduring influence of the Magna Carta.
Ode to The Commons
[Tear gassed for resisting the destruction of a public park – to make way for yet another shopping centre].
Go Team Capitalism!
Faster, Stronger, Quicker. Go Team! Beat those protesters till they bleed. Beat them till their eyes roll around in their heads; and they never dare take to the streets again.. beat them. Beat them hard.
Some concerned countries have made mute noises about the ‘heavy-handed action of Turkish police against protesters’. Who makes the tear gas? Who makes the rubber bullets? Do riot police in other countries actually treat protestors differently? Remember Genoa. Everyday in Rossport. If it’s not batons, it’s the constant surveillance – a true sign of a totalitarian regime.
Go Team Capitalism! Kill the planet! Take the Commons! What communities! Long live our ever increasing profits and corresponding share price!