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palindrome July 8th, 2013 6:41pm

Is privatization always a good thing for society?

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/08/13 1:50 pm

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?

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cshuey1 Pennsylvania
07/10/13 1:16 pm

you mean like government fraud waste and abuse?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/10/13 1:25 pm

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.

canecorso Las Vegas Nv
07/08/13 1:20 pm

A lot of things, but everything?, no.

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
07/08/13 1:14 pm

It worked out PERFECTLY for the French Aristocracy.
They were looking after the public good and just got a bum rap....

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eLucidate writing
07/08/13 1:00 pm

Any service where a profit motive represents a blatant ethical conflict should not be privatized.

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eLucidate writing
07/08/13 1:33 pm

Water, health, sanitation, business regulation, judicial purposes, etc.

cshuey1 Pennsylvania
07/10/13 1:18 pm

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

eLucidate writing
07/10/13 1:25 pm

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.

susanr Colorado
07/08/13 12:26 pm

One word: Prisons.

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susanr Colorado
07/08/13 12:30 pm

Are there government hospitals that have been privatized? My head is spinning. VA? Has it been an improvement?

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
07/08/13 12:37 pm

Privatization of prisons: because what our racist, classist criminal "justice" system lacked was a private financial incentive to incarcerate more of the public.

susanr Colorado
07/08/13 1:48 pm

And to keep them incarcerated longer. I've heard they lobby against shorter sentences, for that purpose.

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
07/08/13 12:15 pm

Privatization worked >great< for The Learning Channel...

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DrReid Ever present.
07/08/13 12:08 pm

I cost the government much more to pay a contractor to do something, that the government could just do itself.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 12:26 pm

Yeah, these workers have been doing "work" on the highway for months now. How much is the commonwealth losing there?

r3VOLution not of this world
07/08/13 12:08 pm

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.

fredd TrumpLand
07/08/13 12:06 pm

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.

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timeout Boston Strong
07/08/13 12:05 pm

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.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 11:47 am

Always- no
Most of the time- mayyyyybe/no

d0m333 Pennsylvania
07/08/13 11:44 am

Absolutes are a tricky thing...

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/08/13 11:44 am

Always - no.
Most of the time - yes.

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