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The deep commons
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Grounded in themes emerging from the collective visioning process, Chapter 4 – ‘The deep commons’ explores the conditions of empathic entanglement that act as the basis for societal formation, and the radical loving-caring praxes which underpin many contemporary struggles. And by extending popular conceptions of the commons to include these more-than-human psycho-socio-material relations, the Deep Commons is proposed as a ground through which this (r)evolutionary love might circulate in order for new political (inter)subjectivities to manifest. This enquiry adopts the same philosophical starting point as previous green anarchisms, that is, to rethink human society’s sense of itself and its place in the wider ecology, while taking great care to navigate a path that avoids both the potential anthropocentric bias of social ecology and the holism of deep ecology. The apparent binary tension between personal autonomy and social solidarity that exists in much of contemporary political/philosophical thought is re-examined in light of these more-than-human loving entanglements, and Indigenous concepts of the deep commons are considered as alternatives to our current colonial, capitalist and anthropocentric political imaginaries. The concept of degrowth is then examined in pursuit of the temporal shift to a slower pace of life required to avert our impending ecological disaster.

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A politics for the deep commons


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