That’s the thing about privatization that privatization advocates always miss entirely. There’s no difference between private and government when private replaces government. Only one thing is different.

That’s the thing about privatization that privatization advocates always miss entirely.
 
There’s no difference between private and government when private replaces government.
 
Only one thing is different.
Yup. Look at what happens in communities where there is no government police: Local thugs demand protection money from businesses or they will destroy them. Mafia.
I was 21 when this happened. 1994. A part of my soul died at that point.
https://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/24/business/us-begins-privatizing-internet-s-operations.html
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 wait – 22. Doesn’t matter. I’d been online since 1989 so my first 5 years were all about this amazing global future, global science community efforts, community driven stuff, etc. But those corporate contracts and my heart just sank.
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 I was an early internet advocate — and I’m REALLY GLAD that most of the world, even the poorest parts are online now.

But it’s not the “what” but the “how”. I don’t like the how. But I think control will swing back again now that we’re all used to it. I’m hopeful.

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