David Bollier THE COMMONER’S CATALOG & Katha Pollitt, PRO

We talk with David Bollier about his latest book, The Commoners Catalog For Change Making: Tools For The Transitions Ahead.

Then, in light of the Supreme Court ruling taking away the constitutional right of women to reproductive freedom, we listen back to our 2015 interview with Katha Pollitt about her book, PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

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David Bollier
It’s becoming pretty clear that our current economic system is leading us straight over the cliff. Whether you call it predatory capitalism or neoliberalism, the whole notion of subordinating all socio-economic and environmental needs to endlessly increasing short-term profit for a tiny elite is, well, nuts.

But what’s a workable alternative? One that can promote wellbeing and democracy?David Bollier says the answer is both new and age-old: he calls it “commoning.”

Commoners seek to prioritize people’s needs over market extraction, steward the Earth, relocalize the economy, and build new institutions of empowerment.

And The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking Bollier has complied is a kind of Whole Earth Catalog for the 21st century. It explains the transformational power of social collaboration by showcasing dozens of pathbreaking projects, books, websites, and activist initiatives. It’s an indispensable tool for transition to a livable future.

David Bollier is a global leader in the commoning movement. He’s the author of numerous books, including Fair, Free and Alive, Think Like a Commoner, and Brand Name Bullies. And we’ve talked with him about all those books and more.

He is also the founder of the website OnThe Commons.org and the host of the podcast, Frontiers of Commoning.

Read an Online Version of The Commoners Catalog

Katha Pollitt
The Supreme Court has now stripped away the constitutional right of women to make their own reproductive choices.

Overturning Roe vs. Wade is just the beginning of an all-out assault on women’s rights, the rights of LGBTQ people, and other crucial rights, like the right to free and fair elections and the right to protect the environment.

It’s a horrific shock but not unexpected. It’s been coming for years, as the right to reproductive freedom has been steadily chipped away.

Back in 2015, we spoke with Katha Pollitt about her book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. It’s as relevant today as ever.