Noam Chomsky: Destroying the Commons. The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/article/169003/destroying-commons?rel=emailNation
[Excerpted] Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
That should be a matter of serious immediate concern. What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet that event. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes...."
But Chomsky makes many more arguments as well in this must-read piece about the destruction of the commons.