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

Handing public assets and services over to the free market has been a boon for corporate America and a disaster for the working class. Jeremy Mohler, In The Public Interest, writes that it it is time to bust "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."

Source: inthesetimes.com

    Privatization is part of the ongoing assault on democracy

    Donald Cohen, the executive director of In the Public Interest, warns that privatization is eroding democracy. “When corporations take control of public goods like water, transit, and schools, we give them the ability to make decisions that should be made democratically by us, the public. (…) Many ‘public-private partnerships’ take decision-making power away from the public, like Virginia’s Beltway toll lanes contract, which actually requires the government to pay investors if too many people carpool.”

    Source: Medium

    By banning water privatization, Baltimore is showing what it really means to resist

    In the Public Interest’s Jeremy Mohler writes, “Baltimore’s leaders just showed what many call political will, a rare commodity in the age of endless tax cuts. Pushed by organized residents and groups like Food & Water Watch and Communities United, they’re laying the groundwork to truly fix the city’s crumbling infrastructure rather than use the smoke and mirrors of privatization.”

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    Buying Influence. How Private Prison Companies Expand Their Control of America’s Criminal Justice System

    "In the Public Interest" has published a comprehensive report on how private prison companies are buying influence to expand their control of the U.S. criminal justice system. This report explores the ways corrections companies influence public officials. It is divided into three sections, each of which studies a separate avenue of influence: campaign contributions, lobbying, and professional corrections associations.