Karl Polanyi and the Commons

Commons blogger David Bollier posted recently about the works of the great Karl Polanyi now being available online.

Yes, too, I am cheering over this. I quoted a lot from Polanyi’s classic The Great Transformation when writing Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good. He did a great job of documenting the key transformation of an economy governed by the social relations of community and the ecological relations with the land into an economy ‘governed’ by the so-called laws of supply and demand. The resultant “dislocation” he concluded, “must disjoint man’s relationships and threaten his natural habitat with annihilation.”

Read more Polanyi at his digital archive at Concordia University.

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