Here is an excellent article for Canadians to read. It applies in many ways to our slow economic growth and the loss of independent business start ups. Canada has far too little oversight on industries that strip mine forests, pollute rivers and lakes including the mining industries. A nuclear waste dump 1 mile from the Great Lakes is pure insanity.
Privatizing, deregulating, outsourcing and offshoring of various functions have become major goals for conservative forces in America. They all serve to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a small percentage of the populace at the expense of the rest while claiming to increase efficiency, lower costs and grow the economy. They all neglect the purposes for which the activities were made public or regulated to begin with. They cost real people good paying jobs, endangering the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Inequality in income and wealth is increasing as a result, along with a real drop in the opportunity for advancement by the vast majority of people in our society.
One area where privatization has seen a push in recent years is public education reform. Prisons have been another target for corporate takeover of government functions. Both provide major public services affecting society as a…
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