“Reclaiming the commons” — an interview with veteran land rights campaigner George Monbiot

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Originally published at bretthetherington.blogspot.com

Movements for land reform in the British Isles have ebbed and flowed for centuries. Each new wave can seek to learn from the past – or be destined to repeat its mistakes. The Land senses that the past year has seen a fresh flowering of public interest in land issues – sparked by the ongoing housing crisis, the Grenfell Tower disaster, debates about farming post-Brexit, and other factors. It’s a good time to take stock, so this section brings together voices, new and established, to make sense of the current moment and lend momentum to a new, rising land movement. It features veteran land rights campaigners George Monbiot, Marion Shoard, and Andy Wightman, includes a graphic history of UK land movements, and an assessment of land value capture as a mechanism for economic fairness, before introducing a representative of the Other Side, and some of the activists and organisations of today’s land movement.

Brett Hetherington

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