Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the many commons

There are many "commons" but our blindness to our personal share of the burden of restoration or at least the self restraint to use them sparingly spreads across them all rather evenly. Monies gathered by governments to fund works nominally for the public good seem to me a rather visible commons. The republicans, the common tax cheats, those who hide proceeds from illegal activities and the poor f__ked up libertarians who think they somehow live disconnected from the needs and obligations of humanity...all these look upon the pile of public money and think "Take if you want but give nothing." That is one tragedy of the commons we can keep up long after our environment can no longer feed, cool, warm or shelter us. Health insurance is is another but one played where the money is piled on a table in a very crooked gambling house.

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