Tag Archives: privatization

Privatization Keeps Failing, Will We Learn Government Can Be Better than Business?

Privatization Keeps Failing, Will We Learn Government Can Be Better than Business?
How many tax dollars must we pay before we question the conservative Gospel that business knows better than bureaucrats? Friends of political leaders owe fortunes to the public’s buy-in to private sector superiority – and its lust for wads of upfront money. We believe government ruined the railroads, when in fact government salvaged the railroads after government enabled the railroads to ruin themselves. We routinely make a joke of what may ... Read more

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, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes, dynamited over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and ... 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 bailout of May 2010 in the making, the populist editors of the right-wing magazine, apparently oblivious to the historical sensitivities around 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 as a temporary solution to resuscitate lagging public schools before returning them to local control. The state of education ... 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 run by the over 10,000 local residents who had purchased shares in it. A similar cooperative-local government utility model, observes the ... 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 school system. Education reformers focus on privatization, public program cutbacks, and plenty of revenue-producing testing. There are at least five truths about ... 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 residents’ water off. Approximately300,000 people shut off from water, because this makes sense in their corporate model. Detroiters sharing with neighbors ... 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 Deserve Lower-Quality Education than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, focuses on the model of Rocketship, a ... Read more

One percent’s twisted new heist: What’s really behind privatization

One percent’s twisted new heist: What’s really behind privatization
As most experts and layman enthusiasts will tell you, there’s no one, single explanation for the past 30-plus years of growing economic inequality. Its drivers are multiple and separating one from the other is often quite complicated. Low taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, the gutting of labor unions, the increased mobility of capital, technological gains, overly protective intellectual property law; the list goes on. In fact, ... 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 using a three-step strategy. Read more