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Privatization Contributes to Inequality, Is Un-Democratic… and is Nevertheless Spreading

May 5, 2015

Blogger Paul Buchheit’s recent post, “The Five Step Process to Privatize Everything” describes how privatization leads inexorably to inequality and concludes with a concise description of how the anti-government pro-privatization movement has undercut our country’s services in education, health care, banking, law enforcement, water management, the environment, and the government itself. In one sentence, Buchheit captures the process used to privatize public schools:

“Use standardized tests to declare dozens of poor schools ‘persistently failing’; put these under the control of a special unelected authority; and then have that authority replace the public schools with charters.”

This is the basic formula for all privatization… and the Reagan mantra that “government is the problem” and “free markets are good” has us all spellbound. Until we break that spell, we will continue to overspend for privatized services, as Buchheit documented near the conclusion of his article.

In a study of outsourcing, the Project on Government Oversight found that in 33 out of 35 cases the average annual contractor billing rate was much more than the average annual full compensation for federal employees.

 

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