“… the privatization of social services has transferred public monopoly power and authority to private monopolists…”
Someone asked Jeff Nguyen in his brilliant post A nation at-risk: American hustle – largely on the oppressive private prison industry – how long the privatization of public service has been going on. The answer: decades. In reflecting on the question I remembered long ago seeing a conference being advertised that was designed to teach the Warfare Companies how to get their greedy mitts on public service moneys – health care, welfare, etc. Failing to find any notes on this in my diaries, I did a little research:
John D. Donahue of Harvard was writing thoughtfully about this 25 years ago, so I assume it was being bandied about in neo-liberal circles since the seventies. The Chicago School “gave” us the 1973 coup d’état in Chile, among other travesties. This crowd hated publicly-run anything.
According to the Arms Trade Resource Center, Lockheed Martin was getting $105 from each U.S. taxpayer and $228 from each U.S. household. In 2002 the company was effectively taxed at 7.7% compared to an average tax rate for individuals of 21-33%. And 14 years ago they were running welfare to work programs in three states.
N.B. Canada, under our current, corrupt PM, is no slouch at the burgeoning prison industry. It gets Harper votes from his solid core of Cro-Magnons.
I know I promised not to do this anymore – but this stuff is for Jeff. He is one great writer who still has the pep to do it. There’s a link to his site, Deconstructing Myths, on my blogroll.
My pep, whatever’s left, will hopefully be directed towards other hobbies that make me less of a grump.