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Privatization

From the Blue Ridge Comes a Resounding No

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Crime
Donald Cohen

The Johnson County commissioners recognize that outsourcing isn't the answer: "Any type of privatization would be detrimental to our county, citizens, and staff of Northeast Correctional Complex." They also honored public service by dedicating a day each year in recognition of the prison's current staff.

Ignore the Fear Mongering on Social Security, Which is 80 Years Old Today and Still Healthy

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Alf Landon, the Kansas governor running as the Republican Party's 1936 presidential candidate, called it a "fraud on the working man." Silas Strawn, a former president of both the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said it was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to "Sovietize the country."

The Value Of Public Service

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

After stopping thalidomide, Dr. Kelsey could've walked through the revolving door into a career with Big Pharma, but she stayed at the FDA, retiring in 2005 at 90 years old. Now that's a life of public service.

Keeping Parks Public

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Donald Cohen

Our parks need more public investment, not private interests looking for their own return on investment.

Save Your Public Library!

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Earlier this month, in yet another win for local control, leaders in one central Florida county rejected a proposal from a for-profit library management company to take over their public library.

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 5: What's Wrong With Standardized Testing?

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!

The Privatization Plan for Greece Should Be a Stigma on Europe's Conscience

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Yanis Varoufakis

ATHENS -- The plan is politically toxic because the fund, though domiciled in Greece, will effectively be managed by the troika. It did not have to be this way. At a turning point in European history, our innovative alternative was thrown into the dustbin.

Greece, the Troika and Maggie Thatcher

David Morris | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
David Morris

In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" -- a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund -- has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher's social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, "There is no such thing as society."

There's a Contract for That

Kim Paris | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Kim Paris

There's a growing bipartisan push in some states to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in a surprisingly good, "smaller government" way. SamePageNation's "There's a Contract for That" imagines what life might look like and pokes fun at the outlandish extremes some have suggested would be possible.

5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 3: What Teacher Evaluation Is Really About

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

By refusing to take into account several factors which impede student learning and over which teachers have no control, this policy is, in essence, a punitive measure, a political weapon, a pre-emptive strike against teachers, intended to demoralize and drive them out of the teaching profession.

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Will TPP enable the privatizers to declare things like our beloved U.S. Postal Service, schools and roads to be "commercial activity" that competes with private companies? How about our parks, libraries, public pensions and other public services?

From Sugar to Monsanto: Hawaii's Occupation by the Agrochemical Oligopoly

Andrea Brower | Posted 05.28.2015 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Hawai'i's sugar oligarchy past left largely intact a mono-economy, today's military and corporate tourism. Economic diversification is a widely-shared policy priority, and the agrochemical industry presents as an appealing "agricultural" and "high-tech" industry alternative, purportedly also contributing millions to the economy.

Privatization Has Been a Colossal Flop

Allen Frances | Posted 05.23.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We have to face the fact that our massive privatization of what once were government functions has been a failure. There are some public services that get really loused up when done privately and for profit.

Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency.

People Need Their Medicine. We Have to Move the Mail.

Katherine McFate | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Katherine McFate

During Public Service Recognition Week, Remember the Unsung Heroes of Hurricane Sandy: Postal Workers!

Social Security Privatization: Then and Now

Max Richtman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

Current and future Democratic lawmakers now have an opportunity to do the right thing by joining the growing Boost Social Security movement and supporting legislation which would improve benefits while also strengthening the program's long-term outlook.

Privatizing Clean Energy Development Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

With news that global carbon dioxide emissions have reached record levels, the need to switch to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. However, the urgency of this crisis does not absolve us of the responsibility to move forward in a just, sustainable way.

Who Owns Your Water?

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Donald Cohen

Remunicipalization is big word for a simple concept: it's the process of bringing a formerly privatized service or asset back under public control.

Privatization Dogma Confronts Reality at Lawrence Livermore Lab

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

In instance after instance, privatization reduces quality and fails to save money. The cost "savings" achieved through privatization -- if any -- simply involve laying off workers (and doing less) or reducing workers' wages and benefits. One apparent case in point is the privatization of the management of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area.

Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Kathleen Weldon

The Republican party's educational platform prioritizes school choice and the programs that facilitate it, while the Democratic party has rejected the idea of vouchers and similar systems. Party identification, however, does not seem to drive attitudes about this issue among the public.

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

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The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

The Congressional Pack Rats

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The Congressional - and often bureaucratic - asset hoarding pathology is a result of perverse economic incentives that accompany public ownership. These incentives encourage bad behavior.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.