Commons, Constitutions and Critique

Lo Squaderno. Explorations in Space and Society, December 2013

4 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2014

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Paul Blokker

Charles University in Prague

Date Written: January 8, 2014


The idea of 'the commons' is strongly entangled with the language of rights and constitutions. The relation between fundamental rights and the idea of the commons concerns not least access to and usage of common goods deemed fundamental for human existence, and the actual possibility of enjoying rights. My argument here is that a strategy of the commons is both about criticizing existing legal and constitutional structures, and about using legal-constitutional means in a 'subversive way' to redress structural differences in power in the capitalist system, which, so it is claimed, are grounded in legal categories of private property and liberal constitutionalism.

Keywords: Commons, constitutions, rights, capitalism, critique

Suggested Citation

Blokker, Paul, Commons, Constitutions and Critique (January 8, 2014). Lo Squaderno. Explorations in Space and Society, December 2013. Available at SSRN:

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