In Defense of The Commons

Economist Guy Standing’s 2011 book The Precariat described how the neo-liberal brand of globalization creates a new and ever-expanding class of highly insecure and marginalized populations including migrants, debt-ridden students, temp workers, “gig” workers and below-subsistence workers and farmers.

In 2014, Standing next articulated the social and political consequences of widespread precarity in a A Precariat Charte, setting forth a program for a radical revitalization of the social contract centered around collective rights of association, individual and community agency and protections for the global commons.

During a recent interview published on Truthout, Standing discusses the relationship between precarity and environmental degradation. Excerpts below, with images from Urs Fischer’s 2017 show at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, The Public and The Private.








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