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'Unreasonable' Workload At Firm That Vetted Navy Yard Shooter

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Investigations Services, the private firm now under congressional scrutiny for its background checks of federal contractors, has be...

Diane Ravitch's Reign of Error: A Review

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Mercedes Schneider

In considering my review of education historian Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, I decided to write with traditional public school teachers in mind as my audience.

No Deal Is a Big Deal for Chicago

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Last week, Rahm Emanuel announced the city was putting a halt to the long-running negotiations to privatize Midway Airport. The long-term lease had long been trumpeted as an opportunity to modernize the airport and help stabilize city finances but the mayor decided the deal just wasn't good enough.

Privatizing Cincinnati's Retirement System -- A Bad Deal for Retirees, Workers and the City

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

A proposed charter amendment slated for Cincinnati's ballot this November would break its pension promises to city workers, harming working families and the city economy. It is part of an immoral national fight against retirement security.

Private Gain to a Few Trumps Public Good for the Many

Robert Reich | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Not even Democrats still use the phrase "the public good." Public goods are now, at best, "public investments." Public institutions have morphed into "public-private partnerships" or, for Republicans, simply "vouchers."

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

Anita Sinha | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Prison labor today, therefore, is part of why penitentiaries yield a multi-billion dollar profit. From the vantage of for-profit corporations' accounting, the notion that Orange Is the New Black takes on a whole different meaning.

Issa V. U.S. Post Office

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Cities and States Should Learn From Edward Snowden

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Donald Cohen

On May 20, 29-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden boarded a plane to Hong Kong and launched a national conversation about government surveillance. But it also exposed what happens when important government functions are outsourced to for-profit companies.

Privatization Battles Loom

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

As more cash-strapped municipalities consider outsourcing services to try to save money, one public interest group is hoping to turn privatization eff...

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy: Dismantling Our Communities' Social Service Infrastructure

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Mayor Bloomberg has made privatization a hallmark of his administration, which has been most salient in his administration's rampant contracting out of municipal services. But in this final year, we are watching as this agenda goes into overdrive.

Brazil: Chasing Animal Spirits

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's GDP performance has been lackluster since the post-crisis rebound in 2010. Prospects for 2013 look a little better. However, some of the economic drivers from last decade are clearly exhausted.

Raising Ugly Questions About Privatization

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

I finally read Rachel Maddow's really interesting book called Drift, and in it she analyzes how easy it has become for America to go to war. And one ...

Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

Boeing's Dreamliner - A Cautionary Tale for Government Outsourcers

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Donald Cohen

Policy makers across the country often say they want to run governments more like a business. The Dreamliners that are still on the ground should tell them something about what that really means: there's no substitute for good management and strong oversight to deliver quality services at reasonable costs.

Unlucky Number 13: Is Slovenia Next in Line for a Bailout?

Luka Orešković | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Luka Orešković

While some hope of a miracle occurring in the coming months remains, so does the question of whether the new Slovenian government is willing to invest enough political capital to push through the necessary reforms before the capital markets decide to lock Slovenia out once again.

Chained CPI: Privatization by Another Name

Daniel Marans | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

George W. Bush's attempt to privatize Social Security paved the way for Obama to embrace cuts that, in effect, partially privatize the program.

Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York -- Part II: Who Has Control?

Cathryn Swan | Posted 06.26.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

These three New York City parks -- Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, and Union Square Park - all have slightly different structures running them. What they have in common is their corporate makeup.

Four Victories for the Public Good

David Morris | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
David Morris

I'm not saying it's time to break out the champagne and start chanting, "The people united will never be defeated." But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.

Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York - Part I

Cathryn Swan | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not invent the concept of the "public-private partnership." But he has aggressively pushed "private money" within the New York City Parks system, particularly under former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who left last year.

The Green Marketeer

John Feffer | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
John Feffer

The state and the market have long been in a tug of war in East-Central Europe. The Communists were not the first political force to recommend that the state play a much larger role in the economy.

Murky Waters in Allentown

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Wenonah Hauter

Open government and transparency are essential pillars of a functioning democracy. But when governments privatize public services and infrastructure, we too often lose access to information and the tools to hold officials accountable.

Paul Ryan, GOP Try to Cover Up Plan to Force Seniors to Wait Longer for Medicare

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Ryan's proposal seems more like sleight of hand than legitimate cost control. It's about weakening Medicare, not strengthening the program for future generations.

A Tale of Two Reforms

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

Slovenia and Bulgaria are, respectively, the best-case scenario and the cautionary example of "transition" states. Both have struggled to transform communist-era economic and political structures. Both are now members of the European Union and NATO.

A Shortage of Mercy

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As the economy twists downward for most of us -- as the politics of money tightens like a noose around everything we love -- I think about the disintegration of human values, which insane logic and the Republicans tells us we can no longer afford.