Stop, thief! The commons, enclosures and resistance

Peter Linebaugh

Book - 2014

"In this majestic tour de force, celebrated 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. Scarcely a society has existed on the face of the earth that has not had commoning at its heart. "Neither the state nor the market," say the planetary commoners. These essays kindle the embers of memory to ignite our future commons. From Thomas Paine to the Luddite...s, 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. Illuminating these struggles in this indispensable collection, Linebaugh reignites the ancient cry, "Stop, Thief!"" -- Publisher's description.

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Oakland, CA : PM Press c2014
Item Description
"Spectre"--Title page.
Physical Description
x, 289 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index.
Main Author
Peter Linebaugh (author)
  • Machine generated contents note: The Commons
  • ch. One Some Principles of the Commons
  • ch. Two Stop, Thief! A Primer on the Commons & Commoning
  • ch. Three The City and the Commons: A Story for Our Times
  • "Charles Marks"
  • ch. Four Karl Marx, the Theft of Wood, and Working-Class Composition: A Contribution to the Current Debate
  • ch. Five Frau Gertrude Kugelmann and the Five Gates of Marxism
  • The "UK"
  • ch. Six Ned Ludd & Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811
  • 12
  • ch. Seven Foreword to E.P. Thompson's William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary
  • ch. Eight Preface to the Korean Edition of The Magna Carta Manifesto
  • ch. Nine Enclosures from the Bottom Up
  • ch. Ten Wat Tyler Day: The Anglo Juneteenth
  • The "USA"
  • ch. Eleven Introduction to Thomas Paine
  • ch. twelve Meandering at the Crossroads of Communism and the Commons
  • "First Nations"
  • ch. Thirteen "The Red-Crested Bird and Black Duck"
  • A Story of 1802: Historical Materialism, Indigenous People, and the Failed Republic
  • ch. Fourteen The Commons, the Castle, the Witch, and the Lynx
  • ch. Fifteen The Invisibility of the Commons.