I used to be. But what’s changed is watching privatization in action. Maybe it was botched. Maybe it could work if there were consumer protections in place (which is what I’d assumed would happen but didn’t). But what I’ve seen so far has been disturbing to me I’ve been following for-profit privatization of schools since the mid 1990s and I’ve been woefully disappointed. Every public relations success story is followed up two/three years later with “Remember the darling of for-profit privatization of schools? Here;s what really happened”. So, I hit a point by the mid 00s that I had to change my tune. Same with private prison facilities. I’m still ok with privatization of some community services but I notice they only work as DROP-IN substitutes with all of the same transparency and consumer protection in place as you had with a public utility.

I used to be. But what’s changed is watching privatization in action. Maybe it was botched. Maybe it could work if there were consumer protections in place (which is what I’d assumed would happen but didn’t).

But what I’ve seen so far has been disturbing to me

I’ve been following for-profit privatization of schools since the mid 1990s and I’ve been woefully disappointed. Every public relations success story is followed up two/three years later with “Remember the darling of for-profit privatization of schools? Here;s what really happened”.

So, I hit a point by the mid 00s that I had to change my tune.
Same with private prison facilities.

I’m still ok with privatization of some community services but I notice they only work as DROP-IN substitutes with all of the same transparency and consumer protection in place as you had with a public utility.

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For example, Waste Management handles our garbage / recycling. It’s a private company. There’s no competition whatsoever and it operates as-if it was a public utility, costing about the same.

So it’s invisible to me as a consumer.

THAT’S what i consider a success.

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But when privatizing leads to LOSS of services, such as private prisons who do not service prisoners properly, ignoring basic hygiene needs or committing human rights abuses – that’s a failure. Somebody’s skimming off the top in more than just a basic-profit sort of way and is making money hand-over-fist by CUTTING what’s being paid for.

That’s a failure to me and what drives my distaste for privatization.

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No, I don’t think people are bad. But the ongoing danger of privatization is precisely that: loss of quality of service.

You don’t build a road to last 50 years if it means loss of profit.

But with no profit motive, you follow orders do your job, it gets done to specs and it’s done.

Who pays for it is the same.

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Infrastructure shouldn’t be privatized. Services it’s hit or miss. I don’t think “people services” should be privatized. But “product services?” – maybe. That’s where the advantage of a competitive marketplace is handy.

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Not everybody’s like that. Maybe it’s because I was a Boy Scout, learned stewardship-for-the-community stuff. Or, I’m just weird. Carry on. You’re probably right.

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I’d like to grow past our station. We already have in many other ways already. Why look backwards?

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Not everybody’s like that. Maybe it’s because I was a Boy Scout, learned stewardship-for-the-community stuff. Or, I’m just weird. Carry on. You’re probably right.

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I don’t think I’m above average but I’m weird.

As a boy, I’d see garbage cans knocked over by garbage trucks as I walked to school.

I picked every one of them up as I walked by.

I don’t understand why average people do average things, form tribes and coalitions and stuff. It’s me, I just keep hoping it’s not.

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If I see a thing that “needs to be done”, I just do it. Sometimes it gets people mad because my work makes them look lazy. But I don’t care they aren’t doing it. I’m doing it because of my sense of aesthetic or something.

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