Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Five Poisons of Privatization

Paul Buchheit, of Truth-Out.org, has published an interesting piece titled Five Poisons of Privatization. In this article, he discusses the consequences of privatizing sales of public lands, rights to water, education, healthcare, and free speech. The introduction of the article can be found below, but I encourage you to read the entire article:
It gets more maddening every day. Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch. The free-market capitalism that drives our economy is a doctrine of individuals pursuing profit. Nothing else matters. An executive for Roche, a healthcare company, said "We are not in the business to save lives, but to make money." With privatization of the common good we risk losing both our heritage and our humanness.