The paradox of good government: the best stuff works well and is thus unnoticeable (and therefore easy to sell off)

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Just get a self-publicist like ■■■■■ von Lipwig to run the Post Office.

(Boing Boing is censoring the name of one of Terry Pratchett’s characters).


The conservative/Libertarian formula has been the same for 35 years: say government can do no right with taxpayer dollars; cut taxes and defund “undeserving” government agencies (especially those that compete with private enterprise in the course of carrying out their mission); wait for the inevitable disaster to occur; say “see, we told you government is not the solution”; lather, rinse, repeat…

The difference, as you note, is that the assets of the most efficient agencies and institutions are now being privatised along the post-Soviet Russian model with all the results you’d expect when the enterprise is accountable not to the citizenry at large but to a handful of shareholders. If Dolt-45 gets a second term be prepared for the public sector to be pillaged in a looting spree unprecedented in the U.S.


The unwillingness of the middle class to apply any pressure on the 1% explains most of how this can go about unaddressed. It’s some kind of hero worship crossed with Stockholm syndrome.


If that number is “most”, then I’m not really surprised. But I’m a cynic.

Or they are hoping to one day join their ranks, once their ships come in. You don’t throw rocks at the windows of the house you want to move into.

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Or, you know, too fucking busy trying to stay above the poverty line…


Big capital has little options of investment. If you have 1 million bucks, maybe you can be OK with the returns on a savings account, or invest on a McDonalds franchise.

If you have 10 billion bucks, you won’t keep it on a savings account or treasuries. The only business attractive enough is either mergers and acquisitions, of poaching profitable public services. Why will let the government run a business that covers 300 MM people and direct or indirectly gets a few hundred dollars from each of them?

Watch an hour less YouTube a week and spend it contemplating next steps.

Experiment in self-regulation: give a four year old a literal ton of candy and tell him to make it last until he’s eighteen.


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