Who owns the earth?

(Photo: Michael Kamber / The New York Times)

(Israel/Lebanon Border Photo: Michael Kamber / The New York Times)

The struggle to defend the commons takes many forms. In microcosm, it is taking place right now in Turkey’s Taksim Square, where brave men and women are protecting one of the last remnants of the commons of Istanbul from the wrecking ball of commercialization and gentrification and autocratic rule that is destroying this ancient treasure.

The defenders of Taksim Square are at the forefront of a worldwide struggle to preserve the global commons from the ravages of that same wrecking ball – a struggle in which we must all take part, with dedication and resolve, if there is to be any hope for decent human survival in a world that has no borders. It is our common possession, to defend or to destroy.

(This article is adapted from a commencement speech by Noam Chomsky on June 14, 2013, at the American University of Beirut. )

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17402-who-owns-the-earth?fb_action_ids=681890681824361

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