Free, Fair, and Alive is a penetrating cultural critique, table-pounding political treatise, and practical playbook for “commoning” — free, self-organizing systems ranging from cohousing and agroecology to alternative currencies and open-source everything. It presents a bold and compelling alternative to the dead-end, predatory market-state system.
Free, Fair and Alive presents a foundational re-thinking of the commons by offering a compelling vision of a future beyond the specious binary of capitalism versus socialism that has almost brought the world to its knees
Written by two leading commons activists of our time, this guide is filled with readable and colorful stories. Coverage includes:
- Internal dynamics of commoning
- How the commons worldview opens up new possibilities for change
- Role of language in reorienting our perceptions and political strategies
- Seeing the potential of commoning everywhere.
Free, Fair and Alive provides a fresh, non-academic synthesis of contemporary commons written for a popular, activist-minded audience. It presents a compelling narrative: that we can be free and creative people, govern ourselves through fair and accountable institutions, and experience the aliveness of authentic human presence.