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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.

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

Occupy the Farm': The Movie

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Over a year ago, after a lengthy conversation, I agreed to an interview with Todd Darling on the condition that he not use my remarks to glorify the Gill Tract occupiers. I was convinced that the Occupy the Farm movement was emblematic of a deep crisis of governance at our public universities.

The Case for Privatizing Unemployment Insurance

Kevin Price | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Kevin Price

A new GOP majority will be looking for creative policy proposals to differentiate themselves from President Obama. After years of being called a "do ...

The High Price of For-Profit Education and Jeb Bush

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education has been a long-time booster of K12 Inc.'s expansion, education and business model.

Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives and Bilking Taxpayers

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.

Inmates Dying After Governor Rick Scott Outsources Prison Health Care

Mary Bottari | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Between 2008 and 2013, Corizon Health -- the country's largest prison health care provider -- was sued 660 times for malpractice. But Governor Rick Scott's administration failed to take note of this history when it awarded Corizon a $1.2 billion contract in 2011.

David Brancaccio Lets Us Down

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2014 | Media
David Morris

Tens of thousands of precedents exist public ownership and they are indeed interesting. But a listener to Brancaccio could not be faulted for coming away with the impression that public enterprises are few and far between.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.