Enclosure is Back!

A Review of Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance by Peter Linebaugh

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Peter Linebaugh’s Stop, Thief! aims to ‘join the alarm against neoliberalism’ by invoking the bloody history of enclosure. The essays collected in this book range in their focus from Karl Marx’s intellectual formation, to the history of the Luddites, to the privatisation of Mexican ejidos. Linebaugh’s idiosyncratic style, resisting abstraction and high theory, inscribes the nuances of the class struggle into the context of the commons. It effectively makes the case for a renewed focus on enclosure today.

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