The term commons originates from Thomas Moore, who describes how the commons are being taken away by fences and private property.
Later on, it was coined also for property governed by a number of persons.
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- The Commoner
- On the Commons
- Interview with Michael Hardt about the forthcoming book (co-written with Negri, Common Wealth. The common as an alternative to public and private ownership