28 December 2007

The Piratization of America

The "piratizers" (as the privatizing lobby has come to be called) are out not merely to grab roads, bridges, and other pieces of the public infrastructure, but also to put corporations in charge of practically all government services.

What we have here is essentially an effort to displace government— removing the public from control of basic aspects of our lives. Among the targets that already are experiencing corporate takeovers:

■ Public schools
■ Hospitals
■ Postal service
■ Pensions
■ Parks
■ Police
■ Military forces
■ Welfare services
■ Child support enforcement
■ Tax collection
■ Courts/juries
■ Environmental protection

Hightower Lowdown

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