Is privatization always a good thing for society?
Not always, but almost always.
I'd say virtually never. Certainly never concerning something that is inherently a government function. You need only to ask, couldn't a thing be done EXACTLY the same, but cheaper, if there was no profit or shareholder expectations to satisfy?
you mean like government fraud waste and abuse?
You mean because private companies, like the ones run by guys like Bernie Madoff, Jeff Skilling, or Angelo Mozilo are so much less likely to steal from us through fraud or abuse? Spend time with a government contractor, you'll change your mind.
A lot of things, but everything?, no.
It worked out PERFECTLY for the French Aristocracy.
They were looking after the public good and just got a bum rap....
Any service where a profit motive represents a blatant ethical conflict should not be privatized.
Water, health, sanitation, business regulation, judicial purposes, etc.
we had a water company that was in government compliance sold it to the township and they jacked the price of
water up. so in that case no, privatization was better
That is a good example of private business. I'm still not convinced that those services should be privatized. Other private companies have historically been untrustworthy.
One word: Prisons.
Are there government hospitals that have been privatized? My head is spinning. VA? Has it been an improvement?
I'm not sure about that.
Privatization of prisons: because what our racist, classist criminal "justice" system lacked was a private financial incentive to incarcerate more of the public.
And to keep them incarcerated longer. I've heard they lobby against shorter sentences, for that purpose.
Privatization worked >great< for The Learning Channel...
Is that what happened to it?!
I cost the government much more to pay a contractor to do something, that the government could just do itself.
Yeah, these workers have been doing "work" on the highway for months now. How much is the commonwealth losing there?
If the question is can everything be privatized I'd say no: ie. emergency services, military defense, and justice.
But I think some things are handled better by private industry.
Could almost everything be privatized?yes.
Not for everything. Water utilities for example, I don't think they should be privatized. They were in the UK, they had a decade or so of big profits then started with big price rises, saying they need to repair the infrastructure they had neglected.
I was a civil service worker for more than thirty years. Many of the jobs that we did were privatized as did the surrounding towns and cities to cut cost. In the long run it turned out to be more costly. I'm totally against it.
No - just NO
Most of the time- mayyyyybe/no
Absolutes are a tricky thing...
Always - no.
Most of the time - yes.