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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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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.

This November We Can Reclaim Local Authority Over the Internet

David Morris | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
David Morris

It's true that some public networks have had significant financial losses, although it is usually bondholders, not taxpayers who feel the pain. But compared to the track record of private telecoms, public sector management looks like a paragon of financial probity.

What If Governments Were More Like Tech Startups? How to Grow a City in Honduras

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Zach Weissmueller

How do you fix a system that's so broken and corrupt that the citizens living under it go to lengths such as jumping aboard a freight train nicknamed "The Beast" with their children just to escape it?

We Must Protect Taxpayers in Public-Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Public-private partnerships use private capital from investors to finance public infrastructure projects. But using P3s has proven to be difficult and even counterproductive when adequate care isn't taken to protect the public interest and include equity considerations and standards.

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.