must stress, however, that the Commoning initiat: ating around us-'time banks, urb latives
iculture, food co-ops, local currenc;
ncies, Creative E
rtering practices, information sharing-are
neoliberal assault on our livelihood, They are
provisioning and the seeds of an alternative mode of produc
making. This is also how we should view the squatters'
have formed in many urban peripheries throughout the world since the 1980s, products of land expropriations but
tion of city dwellers 'disconnected'
also signs of a growing
organizing their reproduction out:
from the formal world economy, now
side of state and market control" As Raúl Zibechi suggests, these urban land squats are better envisionedas I
a "planet of commons," in which people exercise their "right to the city"?
rather than as the "planet of slums" that Mike Davis has described."
The resistance of the indigenous peoples of the ica
increasing privatization of their lands has given the s
commons a new impulse. While the Zapatistas' call for
constitution recognizing collective ownership has g
"ight of indigenous people to use the natural reso
"as sanctioned by the new Venezuelan constit
as well, a new constitution recognized
Se these examples not to propose that we
"tus to promote the society of commons
1 ontradiction, but to stress how powe
ets for the creation of new
"rf communal 0 control and o