The Commons and Defending the Public

The language of Commons is increasingly being used by autonomists and state socialists alike. I find this both exciting and potentially unifying as far as diverse positions finding some common ground, as well as disconcerting. I experienced a recent example of both of these things at a gathering on the topic of the struggle for the Commons in Europe. One of the debates to emerge, and that was left open, was the difference between commons and the public, and more specifically the question of if defending the public could be seen as a part of creating and deepening the commons.

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