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ProfessorPlum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 12:22 PM
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Help needed: A tight, 2-3 paragraph reading on "The Commons"
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I'm involved in a scholarship competition and we are developing a topic for a debate/seminar. I would like it to be about the idea of "the commons", and how we are moving in a trend where all costs in our society are socialized, but all profits are privatized - where some individuals and companies grow rich, but all the costs are borne by all taxpayers.

For kids of this age (~18), even the idea of the "commons" and commonly held resources may be a bit foreign, so I need something that is very concise in laying it out.

I know I've read good essays on this subject, but after googling around a bit I can't find any of them.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.
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