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BOOK LIST 7

Bollier, D., Think Like A Commoner, New Society, 2014.
Cahill, K. M., Who Owns Britain, Canongate Books, 2001.
Coates, C., Diggers & Dreamers, Communes Network, 2009.
Linebaugh, P., Stop, Thief!, PM Press, 2014.
Linklater, A., Owning The Earth, Bloomsbury, 2015.
White, B., Isreali Apartheid, Beginner's Guide, Pl. Press, 2009.

A Few Brief Quotes

“There is social violence implicit in the continued exclusion of the general public from what was once their ancestors’ birthright, the land taken by the aristocracy during the enclosures.”  Cahill, Who Owns Britain, Page 211.

“Currently, there is huge pressure to erect housing in smaller and smaller areas and to have smaller and smaller houses, all built on the mass assembly principle.  That pressure comes almost entirely from the increasing cost of the sites on which housing is erected.  Which is illogical when you think how much surplus land there really is.”  Cahill, Who Owns Britain, Page 213.)

“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.  From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”  J-J Rousseau (1712 – 1778)

“Peace for Israelis and Palestinians will not primarily emerge from the precise details of a geopolitical formula – the foundations of any such lasting political settlement are human rights, dignity and justice.  One of the biggest obstacles then is the persisting Zionist mindset.....which sees Jews as having exclusive rights to the land.”  White, Israeli Apartheid, Pages 104-105.

“Enclosures are a special form of theft that attract little notice, in part because governments often play a key role in legitimising them.”  Think Like A Commoner, Bollier, D., Page 40, New Society Publishers, 2014.

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