The Global Land Grab: The New Enclosures

Paul Mobbs mobbsey at
Mon May 13 17:13:42 BST 2013

Rather long to post the whole thing -- here's the link.

You can also download an ebook of "The Wealth of the Commons".


The Global Land Grab: The New Enclosures

Economic crises and shifts in the balance of political power are once
again producing seismic shifts in who owns and controls land, resources
and production. But where are the poor and the commons in all this? The
answer is quite simple. Much of the lands being sold or leased to
entrepreneurs are commons. This is not surprising because lands defined
as commons in the modern agrarian world generally exclude permanent
farms and settlements.


"We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government,
nor are we for this party nor against the other but we are
for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom,
that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness,
righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with
God, and with one another, that these things may abound."
(Edward Burrough, 1659 - from 'Quaker Faith and Practice')

Paul Mobbs, Mobbs' Environmental Investigations
3 Grosvenor Road, Banbury OX16 5HN, England
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