In bold and intelligently written essays, historian Peter Linebaugh takes aim at the thieves of land, the polluters of the seas, the ravagers of the forests, the despoilers of rivers, and the removers of mountaintops. From Thomas Paine to the Luddites and from Karl Marx--who concluded his great study of capitalism with the enclosure of commons--to the practical dreamer William Morris who made communism into a verb and advocated communizing industry and agriculture, to the 20th-century communist historian E.P. Thompson, Linebaugh brings to life the vital commonist tradition. He traces the red thread from the great revolt of commoners in 1381 to the enclosures of Ireland, and the American commons, where European immigrants who had been expelled from their commons met the immense commons of the native peoples and the underground African American urban commons, and all the while urges the ancient spark of resistance
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Front Cover; Title Page; Half Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; "The Commons"; Chapter One: Some Principles of the Commons; Chapter Two: Stop, Thief! A Primer on the Commons & Commoning; Chapter Three: The City and the Commons: A Story for Our Times; "Charles Marks"; Chapter Four: Karl Marx, the Theft of Wood, and Working-Class Composition: A Contribution to the Current Debate ; Chapter Five: Frau Gertrude Kugelmann and the Five Gates of Marxism ; The "UK."
Chapter Six: Ned Ludd & Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811-12 Chapter Seven: Foreword to E.p. Thompson's William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary ; Chapter Eight: Preface to the Korean Edition of The Magna Carta Manifesto ; Chapter Nine: Enclosures From the Bottom Up ; Chapter Ten: Wat Tyler Day: The Anglo Juneteenth; The "USA"; Chapter Eleven: Introduction to Thomas Paine; Chapter Twelve: Meandering at the Crossroads of Communism and the Commons; "First Nations."
Chapter Thirteen: "The Red-Crested Bird and Black Duck"-A Story of 1802: Historical Materialism, Indigenous People, and the Failed Republic Chapter Fourteen: The Commons, the Castle, the Witch, and the Lynx; Chapter Fifteen: The Invisibility of the Commons; Notes; Index