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Eerik Wissenz, writing on Dmitry Orlov's valuable ClubOrlov, takes on the relentless push to privatize "The Commons". He points that while the privatizers are always claiming to be saving The Commons from unregulated over-use, privatization for profit motivates owners to over-use the property. Part one is linked above and part two can be read at this link. These are two of four parts, the remainder as yet to come on ClubOrlov.

the entry and expansion of Mondragon into the US is one of the most innovative and highest potential new initiatives to revitalize the labor and workers' movement
Debosree Roy reports on the emergence of the Re-weaving NC Conference, September 19-21 for building solidarity economies in North Carolina
PBS News Hour reports on"BerkShares," the local paper currency of Berkshire County in Massachusetts

News from the newly formed Austin Cooperative Business Association:

*Brian Donovan was recently named founding Executive Director

*According to the Black Star Coop blog, the effort is supported by the National Cooperative Business Association

The Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy is one of the most co-operative regions in the world
Laboral Kutxa (the Mondragon bank) and the US based National Cooperative Bank (ncb) planning to partner in order to grow domestic worker-owned cooperatives
Mira Luna of Shareable.Net writes about Brazil having one of the most advanced solidarity economies in the world, though it has received little media attention outside of Brazil

In this article, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese continue their campaign of publicizing the alternatives to the "Washington Consensus" and Neo-Liberal Economics. The article makes a clear case for the foundation concepts of Solidarity Economics, tying it to the ancient tradition of "The Commons", a topic of a recent GEO Issue about the work of Elinor Ostrom.

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