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Peter Barnes


is an entrepreneur and writer who has founded and led several successful companies. Barnes began his career as a reporter on The Lowell (Mass.) Sun, and was subse­quently a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and West Coast correspondent for The New Republic. In 1976 he co­founded a worker­-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1985 he co­founded Working Assets Long Distance (now Credo Mobile). His books include Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (2006), Who Owns the Sky? (2001), and Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier (1972).


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Theory: The commons

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May 22, 2012

Our common wealth — the shared bounty that we inherit and create together — precedes and surrounds our private wealth. By building a system that protects and expands our common wealth rather than one that exploits it, we can address both our ecological and social imbalances.