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How to Talk to Your Family About Privatization; by Diane Ravitch

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'Thanksgiving can turn into a combat zone at the first mention of privatization.  So, try explanations like:  Companies that contract with the government to provide things often argue that they’re more efficient than the “bureaucratic” public sector.. But all the talk about efficiency and cutting costs helps support the idea that the government is wasteful and taxes are bad. Meanwhile, contractors and private investors pocket gobs of our public money by lowering service quality, cutting jobs and wages, and sidestepping protections for the environment. Charter schools are not a progressive policy — they are a form of privatization.Meanwhile, billionaires, private investors, and real estate developers are spending cash nationwide supporting political candidates.'

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As the article points out: "

Stopping privatization fights inequality.

Water, transportation, education, and other public goods are the foundation of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Continuing to hand them over to corporations and private investors, the same people who continually lobby for lower taxes, will only make things worse for most of us.

Privatization has been particularly harmful to women and people of color, as nearly 60 percent of public sector jobs are held by women and one in five black workers are public workers.

As a key component of the conservative (and neoliberal) argument for "limited government," privatization helps hide the fact that the government is in fact "big" when it comes to things like war-making, prisons, and controlling women's bodies.

Submitted on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 at 5:16:45 PM

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