New Book

Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism, by Massimo De Angelis

25th May 2017

Omnia Sunt Communia

On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism

Massimo De Angelis

  • In a weaving of radical political economy, Omnia Sunt Communia sets out the steps to postcapitalism
  • Introduces a new theoretical contribution in which the commons are conceptualized not just as common goods, but as a set of social systems
  • Links the literature on the commons to the literature on social movements, in what will be a paradigm shift in theory

In this weaving of radical political economy, Omnia Sunt Communia sets out the steps to postcapitalism. By conceptualising the commons not just as common goods but as a set of social systems, Massimo De Angelis shows their pervasive presence in everyday life, mapping out a strategy for total social transformation.

From the micro to the macro, De Angelis unveils the commons as fields of power relations – shared space, objects, subjects – that explode the limits of daily life under capitalism. He exposes attempts to co-opt the commons, through the use of code words such as ‘participation’ and ‘governance’, and reveals the potential for radical transformation rooted in the reproduction of our communities, of life, of work and of society as a whole.

Massimo De Angelis is professor of political economy at the University of East London, and founder and editor of the web journal The Commoner ( His previous books include The Beginning of History (2007).

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