After 3 Decades, Privatization Has Been Proven a Failure. Let’s Bury It for Good.

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      ravensong
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      (This article is from 1/17/19.  Posting it because under present circumstances it is more relevant than ever right now.  Privatization and Austerity are primarily responsible for our present circumstances.  Privatization and Austerity are the primary reasons why Covid 19 has killed more people in the United States than in any other nation.  Privatization and Austerity are the very reasons why the economy has collapsed, unemployment is at record levels, people cannot get adequate health care during this pandemic, and the vast majority of Americans are right this moment uncertain and stressed about the future.  Privatization and Austerity are the #1 reasons why US government was undeniably, shamefully and pathetically unequipped and unprepared to efficiently and effectively deal with a global pandemic.  Privatization and Austerity kill, early and often. )

      By explaining that massively increasing taxes on the super-rich can help fund social programs like Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a jobs guarantee and a Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez has rightly disrupted the politics of austerity that has dominated both major political parties for decades.

      Now is the time to burst a similar—and deeply related—bubble: The myth that the privatization of public goods and services “saves taxpayer money.” Much like trickle-down economics, privatization is a choice—meaning, it’s ideologically and politically motivated. And it’s pushed by the same corporate interests that profit from its implementation.
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      Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70 percent marginal tax rate on the wealthy, and its welcome reception from the American public, offers an important lesson. The time is ripe for progressives to demand public—i.e. democratically managed—solutions to our most pressing problems, like slowing climate change, providing healthcare, fixing infrastructure and guaranteeing high-quality education to all students.

      We should bury the idea that privatization as an approach to public policy is anything but ideology meant to make the wealthy wealthier on the backs of working people. Then, with any luck, the rest of the Democratic Party will follow suit.

      https://inthesetimes.com/article/21689/privatization-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-rich-charter-schools-healthcare

      The #1 solution to the numerous overwhelming problems our nation faces is a very simple, effective, logical, elegant, and reasonable soul-ution:

      Tax the rich at an 80% marginal tax rate, and reverse, and end, Privatization and Austerity in the United States forever.

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

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      jwirr
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      how we are going to do this when both tRump and Biden are corporatists.

      jwirr

      • #303451
        ravensong
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        Try to move Biden and the Democratic party as far to the left as possible, and if that doesn’t work to any significant degree, then either leave the country or simply accept your overlord masters, and hope for a miracle, just before you place your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.

        You have any better ideas?

         

        “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

        The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
        ~ Unknown

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          ThouArtThat
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          @ravensong

          Hi rs,

          Yep – is this not what Bernie tried to do in both 2016 and 2020?  And what did it achieve?  From this perspective, the “overlord masters” are firmly in control and have and will squash any attempts to change the status quo.  Change the democratic party from the inside?  Seems unrealistic at this point in history.  Leave the US?  Not really an option for most citizens.  Hunker down and survive is probably the best that most can expect.  In the longer run, one suspects that Climate Change will be the ultimate 800 pound gorilla anyway.  And in that struggle most will suffer greatly.

          TAT


          @jwirr

          Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.

          - Robert Louis Stevenson

          Politics is the entertainment division of the Military Industrial Complex.

          - Frank Zappa

    • #303945
      Sorechasm
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      To Climate Change. How dare Mother Nature impact their precious return-on-investments? As crops fail, disease and refugee crises reign, it’s only a matter of time before Grover Norquist will declare that Mother Nature needs to be subdued. She is the enemy of all good red-blooded (greedy) Americans. He’ll claim that we need to remove all trees, and Georgia Pacific will be right behind him with an axe.

      Declaring ‘War on…’ is always the beginning to creating a crisis, invoking fear, and allowing for the real pandemic of Crisis Capitalism to go viral.

      If the better part of the world’s 6 billion people cooperated to slow COVID-19 through learning to practice Social Distancing, then they can also learn not to panic in the face of Neoliberalism fear mongering. We can slow the spread of fear, and replace it with social action to support M4A, decent minimum wages, equal pay, fair housing…..This is what Bernie taught us.

      “Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

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