Review

In The Politics of the Common Good, Jane R Goodall has tackled a large subject in an accessible way

By Robyn Ferrell
August 9 2019 - 2:00pm
Author Jane R Goodall. Picture: Supplied

'The old is dying and the new cannot be born", Gramsci writes from a fascist prison in 1930, penning a classic statement of what has become known as the 'interregnum'. Jane R. Goodall begins her polemic on the common good with this haunting notion, that we are "frozen on the threshold between past and future", an idea circulating today in discussions of our human future. Ideas are important in this book - this idea of the interregnum, the possibility of the commons, the history of enclosures of all kinds, and the interplay between economics and community wellbeing.

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