To my readers -- my apologies for my infrequent posts over recent weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed with a writing deadline on my Commons Law Project, happily sidetracked by a vacation, and attending a conference. But I promise to be posting more frequently in coming weeks and months.
My visit to the Vis Green Academy in Croatia last week taught me more about the transnational scourge of enclosure and the potential of the commons as a lingua franca for resistance. The occasion was a major gathering of 200-plus Green Party activists and elected officials throughout eastern Europe, but especially Croatia. Held on the lovely island of Vis, a former Yugoslavian military base until 1992, the gathering was entitled, “The Crisis of Political Imagination – and the Transformation of Green Politics."
The recurrent pattern of enclosure in Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Herezogovina and other parts of the region is commercial development of urban public spaces and government collusion with speculators and developers in giving away prime coastal real estate. Corruption is rife. Political transparency is rare. Civil society is weak.