Tag Archives: privatization

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing
By Rachel M. Cohen Originally posted in Prospect.org Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, ... Read more

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization
When news of the Greek debt crisis first broke in 2010, a number of German tabloids called on the country to pawn its cultural and natural heritage to pay off its debts. “Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks!” ran a headline of the ever tasteless Bild. “And sell the Acropolis too!” With the ... Read more

“No Excuses” in New Orleans

“No Excuses” in New Orleans
This fall, less than a decade after its post-Katrina, “grand experiment in urban education” began, New Orleans will become the first city in the country with an all-charter school district. The traditional school district has been effectively supplanted by the state-level Recovery School District, originally presented ... Read more

A New Gameplan for Taking Down Privatizers

A New Gameplan for Taking Down Privatizers
Denmark is nurturing innovative “public-public” partnerships. In 2001, one of these partnerships constructed off the coast of Copenhagen what then rated as the world’s largest wind farm. The partners: Copenhagen Energy, the municipally owned local utility of Denmark’s largest city, and a cooperative ... Read more

Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich

Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich
Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy businesspeople who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public ... Read more

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?
When it comes to a person’s fundamental needs being met - nothing is more basic and human, than to share. Right now the people of Detroit are being attacked by an unelected regime that represents the interests of the banks and large corporations. Their latest campaign has been to turn ... Read more

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education
As an antidote to the “grow grow grow” mentality of the elected officials and business leaders pushing charter schools, a recent report by University of Oregon professor and political economist Gordon Lafer outlines what’s wrong with privatization of public schools. The report, titled Do Poor Kids ... Read more

Deride and Conquer: Dismantling the USPS

Deride and Conquer: Dismantling the USPS
The historical cost of building our postal network, its unique characteristics and efficiency, the nefarious efforts to privatize and cripple it, and the economic and personal costs of losing it are considered. - The right has patiently tried to wrest control of the US Postal Service from the government ... Read more