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Dave Jamieson

How The Postal Service Could Give Its Jobs Away To Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. -- On a recent Saturday morning, 500 protesters poured out of a parade of school buses, signs and megaphones in hand, and tried the...

'Privatization' Is Not 'Privacy'

Peter M. Shane | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's cultural turn toward a glorification of the private and a denigration of the public has coexisted with what quite obviously is a deterioration in privacy. As individuals, we have dramatically less capacity than in earlier decades to control information about even the most personal aspects of our lives.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Richard M. Daley, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

During his tenure as mayor, Daley consistently failed to make the required contribution to the city's pension funds. As a result, according to his successor Rahm Emanuel, the city is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell March 4, 2014 Today, as on every Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans is in the midst of full-on mayhem. Depending on when on Fat Tuesday you ...

Graft Was the Least of Their Crimes: Review of Kids for Cash

Dan Persons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Kids for Cash neatly balances the specific details of this one scandal against the broader dilemma the nation has yet to fully confront.

Meet America's Highest Paid Government Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As the nation seeks to understand the causes and solutions of income inequality, the recent trend of outsourcing public services to for-profit corporations should be a focus of study. We've allowed huge corporations to assume control of our schools, roads, prisons and libraries.

The Czech Culture of Corruption

John Feffer | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Havel became president of Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989 -- and later, the president of the Czech Republic -- he became a powerful symbol of a new era of politics. Surely the country would "live in truth" as long as it had a president of unimpeachable character. On the practical, day-to-day matters of politics and economics, however, Havel was not as influential.

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Building a New Economy in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Especially after the financial crisis in 2008 and the Eurozone crisis of the following year, many people in East-Central Europe are again looking for alternative economic strategies.

The Privatization Dilemma: Regulatory Crisis in the Philippines and Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.

ALEC's Half-Century Contract on the Boulder Highway, US 36

Anne Butterfield | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

The long term contract is the fruit of a trend around the nation, decried by many, to invent "public private partnerships," also known as P3's, following a grand design crafted by former Colorado State Rep. Glenn Vaad, in the eagle nest of committee meetings he chaired with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Glitches of Outsourcing IT Services

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The healthcare.gov launch is a debacle for those who believe that we should outsource public services to for-profit companies without adequate planning and oversight. Sadly, when it comes to outsourcing government IT services, the healthcare.gov example is par for the course.

It's Been a Very Bad Month for the Private Sector

David Morris | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
David Morris

The private sector has had a very bad month. Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.

The Affordable Care Act: Not a Government Takeover But a Privatized Bonanza

John Geyman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

Though constantly attacked by the right as a government takeover, Obamacare is by no means a not-for-profit public program. Wall Street and investors recognize the potential for profits under the ACA.

Slovenia's Gradualist Transition

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with one of the major architects of Slovenia's economic transition, Joze Mencinger, about the relationship between economic reform and independence, the influence of the European Union, the particular brand of self-management practiced in Slovenia, and the casino capitalism years that overtook the country a decade ago.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

Angry Workers Swarm Seoul's Streets, Demand President Resign

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

South Korea may best be known for slick electronics and saccharine pop tunes, but less of that stereotypical effervescence was present in Seoul in Dec...

Coast-to-Coast, Outsourcing is Out of Control

Donald Cohen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Repeated failures illustrate why we need action to rein in outsourcing. There are simple ways to make sure the public is protected when government's contract out vital public functions.

Joy Resmovits

Charter Schools Continue Dramatic Growth Despite Controversies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Charter schools remain the subject of intense debate, particularly in New York City, where incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) won on a plat...

Obamacare: The Question We Really Should Be Asking

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

Do the initial glitches mean that the ACA is a complete bust? No. So let's hope we can get beyond these surface issues and address the real potential problems of corporations providing government-mandated services.

The Myth of 'Free-Market Health Care'

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

On this the 10th anniversary of the Republican health-care plan (which consists of Medicare Part C or "Medicare Advantage" private medical insurance, ...