Podcast: Land, democracy, identity

Antonia Malchik is the author of a forthcoming book entitled ‘No Trespassing: How the ancient struggle for ownership, private property and the rights of the commons will define our future’. Antonia regularly writes online about ownership, property and what we lose in the privatization of the commons through her Substack newsletter, ‘On the Commons’

In this episode of the Future Natures podcast, we trace the histories of enclosure into the current structures of ownership and privatization. Focusing primarily on the United States, Antonia raises some nuanced and refreshing insights into how enclosure relates to urban mobility, contemporary environmentalism, and democracy.

With a knack for telling stories, Antonia regularly relates issues to her own experiences, and draws on the work of a range of activists, writers, campaigners and thinkers.


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Some of the books, articles and initiatives mentioned in this episode are linked below.

Antonia Malchik: A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time

Antonia’s article in Aeon Magazine: Who owns the Earth?

Andro Linklater: Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

Jonathon Stalls: WALK – Slow Down, Wake Up & Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour


Girl Trek

Rail-volution (now called Mpact Mobility)

David Harvey: The Right to the City

Henry George: Progress and Poverty

Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in LondonThe Guardian

Stop Cop City in Atlanta

What is the 15-minute cities conspiracy theory?

Soulfire Farm, United States

David Bollier’s ‘Frontiers of Commoning’ podcast

Nick Estes: Our History is the Future

Laughing at extremism won’t make it go away – Antonia Malchik

Betsy Gaines Quammen: True West and American Zion

Joe Wilkins: Fall Back Down When I Die

Andreas Weber: Enlivenment: Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene

Leah Sottile: Bundyville and Stories that Need to Be Told (Crazy Town podcast)

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass

Nick Hayes: The Book of Trespass

Cover photo by Antonia Malchik

Call for aid: Cooperation Jackson and the city’s urgent water crisis

Future Natures

Encountering the commons in The Pluriverse of Eco-social Justice

Anoushka Zoob Carter

The history of enclosure in Portugal can be found in the art world and forest worlds. Connecting the two are ongoing struggles to recommon these spaces…