Should we share public wealth?talk Thu 30 Apr 2020, 18:00 – 19:00
Bradninch Place, Gandy Street
Exeter EX4 3LS
Over 800 years ago the Charter of the Forest, a companion document to Magna Carta, enshrined the rights of ordinary people to access and manage common land and share its resources.
The speaker of this event, Guy Standing from the University of London, argues that today we can think of ‘the commons’ as encompassing not just land and the natural world but also the institutions, services and amenities that society has created for public benefit. Examples include the National Health Service, parks and libraries, the law and justice system, cultural life (such as the BBC), public education and access to knowledge and information. However, just as common land has been reduced to a remnant over the centuries by successive waves of enclosure, today’s commons are being eroded by privatization, commercialism and austerity.
How should society respond to this plunder? Could reviving the commons help to combat inequality and social division? Should we be compensated for their loss?
Come along for and enjoy a fascinating evening at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 30 April 2020 18:00 - 1900. Book tickets via Seen here.
This event is organised by Agile Rabbit. For more information on their upcoming events visit their website here.