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British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

The U.K.’s cherished public health service is in danger of being sold off to private corporations via a trade deal that would create a single market between the European Union and the United States and open future British governments to massive lawsuits in international courts should they attempt to reverse the decision.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Air Travel Is Getting More Aggravating and Complicated

More stratified levels of service, workers who are underpaid and overworked, and a climate that is increasingly hostile to human activity—the experience of privatized air travel worldwide is rapidly deteriorating. Journalist Scott Smith lists six ways how.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of L.A.’s Anti-Teacher Ruling

Michael Hiltzik and Ralph E. Shaffer revealed a court decision for what it is: a money-greased attempt to transfer control over education to the rich.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Diverse Group of Wealthy Elite Funded Attack on L.A. Teachers

Republicans, liberals, Hollywood stars and multinational corporate executives are all donating to the effort to strip public schools and teachers in Los Angeles and beyond of the means to perform their work without interference from private interests.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: JoAnn Wypijewski

The Nation magazine journalist asks us to consider whether the internment of hundreds of public school teachers in district gulags is part of the ongoing effort to privatize education.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: P Is for Ponzi

Parasitism: In biology, parasites develop a strategy of gaining control of the host’s brain in order to obtain nourishment by masquerading as its natural progeny or as a part of its body. For economies, the brain in question is the government.

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The Real Illness Plaguing U.S. Health Care: Inequality

In addition to doing nothing to address the problem of bankruptcy due to medical debt, the ACA, through Medicaid expansion, has increased the pool of resources that can be repossessed by state authorities to help defer the costs of the program.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



The Public-Private Profiteers

In the cases of healthcare and underwater mortgages, the administration shied away from direct government aid. Instead, it subsidized private companies to serve the people. To get your government-subsidized mortgage modification, you applied at your bank; to get your government-mandated health coverage, you buy private insurance.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Goodbye to the U.K.’s National Health Service?

Britain may not have the world’s model medical service for long. NHS official Kailash Chand predicts the inexpensive and efficient nationalized system could be replaced by a largely privatized version involving worse “access, equity, health outcomes and cost” within five years.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Idaho to Take Over Privately Run Prison

Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter announced Friday that the state’s corrections department would assume operation of the largest privately run prison there after more than a decade of mismanagement and other problems.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Diane Ravitch Reviews ‘Reign of Error’ Review: ‘Beautiful’

It’s always nice when, tasked with writing a book review involving a key figure in a certain field of which one is well acquainted, one ultimately has good things to say about the book in question.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Reign of Error

As educational reforms themselves grow ever more strident, standardized and, yes, totalitarian in structure, Diane Ravitch embodies the institutional memory that no totalitarian system can abide.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


American Oligarchs Will Never Cancel the Debts Owed to Them

University of Missouri economist Michael Hudson explains one of the best-kept and most pernicious secrets of contemporary capitalism: Unless the financial scheme underpinning society is restructured, the bulk of debts owed by working and poor Americans can’t and won’t be repaid.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Report Documents Abuse of Juveniles in Private Prisons

With some 40 percent of incarcerated youth held in private facilities, a Huffington Post investigation reveals abuse, neglect and other horrors visited upon American children in the name of profit.

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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination

Like the dead space of the American mall, the school systems promoted by billionaire un-reformers and titans of finance such as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, the Walton family and Michael Bloomberg offer the empty ideological seduction of consumerism as the ultimate form of citizenship and learning.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Education Is ‘Sold to the Highest Bidder’

The attack on the spirit of higher education is exemplified in the installation of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a neoliberal archfiend of public schooling, as president of Purdue University.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Liberal ‘Confusion’ About America’s Education Problem

Neoliberalism, the economic doctrine that favors zero government regulation of commerce and other activities, is giving American education to the corporations, and well-meaning but deluded liberals are complicit in the takeover, Lois Weiner writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Teach For America Criticized by Educators and Former Members

Teach For America, which throws college graduates into the role of teachers in low-income schools around the nation, is coming under fire by educators who say its training is inadequate and that it destabilizes schools and communities.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented mass surveillance?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporatizing National Security: What It Means

There’s big money to be made in moving government-owned functions and assets into corporate hands.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Battleground of Thatcher’s Memory

Thousands of protesters gathered at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. The event marked the end of a bizarre and remarkable week in the U.K., characterized by a polarized response to the demise of the longest serving British prime minister in living memory. But the struggle to decide her legacy continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


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Michael Hudson Remembers What Margaret Thatcher Did

The deceased prime minister’s 11-year rule over the U.K. “was historic mainly by posing the conundrum that has shaped neoliberal politics since 1980: How can governments nurture and endow financial kleptocrats” with the consent of the people?

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ Dies

The conservative Thatcher vastly reshaped Britain with her economic policies, pulling the country back from 35 years of socialism and ushering in a new era of privatization.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Problem With ‘Public-Private Partnerships’

When a plan to construct the first modern privatized highway in the United States did little to ease congestion, blocked residents from making further improvements and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, Californians had the opportunity to learn a lesson about the folly of privatizing transportation projects.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Big Money Is Behind Charter Schools in Washington State

Voters in Washington state will have a chance to direct public funds toward private bank accounts if they adopt an initiative to create charter schools this November. Who are the bajillionaires behind the campaign?

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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More Cuts and Pain Coming to Spain

In exchange for a eurozone bailout of $123 billion, Spain’s conservative government Wednesday slashed $80 billion from its budget over the next two and a half years through a combination of sales tax hikes and spending cuts. That’s in addition to $92 billion dropped by the country’s previous administration.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Louisiana Moving to Privatize Education

After attempts to partially privatize Social Security under President George W. Bush proved fruitless, Republicans have taken aim at the next government-run industry they would like to see move from the public sector to the private: education.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Student Loan Shuffle

Since last fall, one million borrowers have had their federal student loans randomly assigned to new loan-servicing companies, all nonprofits or subsidiaries of nonprofit organizations, thanks to a little-known provision in the 2010 healthcare overhaul.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Locking Down an American Workforce

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Private Cops to Replace Public Ones in British Counties

The relentless privatization of everything continues in the U.K., where local governments are offering private security companies £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years to conduct services previously carried out by police.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE


Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Jeb Bush’s Digital Drive Against Public Schools

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading the bipartisan push to digitize American education. In and out of office, he’s helped develop a national model that funnels taxpayer funds to private companies, sucker punches public employees and unions and sets him up for election as a champion of education reform.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Private Contractors

A study conducted by the Project for Government Oversight (POGO) found that on average the U.S. government pays private contractors more than twice what it pays federal workers for a number of public services. (more)

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Indignados’ Protest in Mexico City

After Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s fifth state of the nation speech last week, more than 50,000 people gathered in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square, to decry policies that have destroyed unions, privatized essential public industries, enriched a small elite and killed more than 50,000 people in the nation’s drug war. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Corporate Front Group Burns Americans

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive association of corporations and state legislators that has been crafting public policy to suit corporate interests since 1973. The organization is not new, but the opportunity to review ... (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Michele Bachmann and the GOP’s Anti-Medicare Bluff

On Friday, ultraconservative free-market booster Michele Bachmann suddenly came out as a supporter of government-run Medicare. But this potential presidential candidate’s break with the official Republican Party line was not surprising. The GOP has been under attack by its own base for the past few weeks ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



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No Compromise in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected a compromise on a budget repair bill under which Democrats offered to accept cuts in health and pension benefits for public employees in exchange for retaining their right to bargain collectively.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Ailing Spanish Economy Seeks a Cure

Awash in debt and 20 percent unemployment, the Spanish government on Friday approved an austerity package aimed at reviving its moribund economy.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Ganging Up on Alzheimer’s

A decision by scientists back in 2003 to share their findings on Alzheimer’s research has led to a “wealth of recent scientific papers” and important advances in moving to understand the disease and develop drugs to combat it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Possible Cause of Death: Privatization

When a branch fell from a tree at the Central Park Zoo, killing a 6-month-old baby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared it “an act of God.” But in all likelihood it was the act of a mayor.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Budget Space Motel or Just Hot Air?

Out in the Nevada desert, in a complex encircled by barbed wire and guards, a millionaire motelier who believes in UFOs and prayer—but not the Big Bang—is building the world’s first private space station. And it’s inflatable. (continued)

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Cloak and Dagger Inc.

The U.S. military, despite reports to the contrary, has continued to rely on a secret private spy network, akin to a Blackwater with brains, that has provided a stream of intelligence to military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than a year.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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More Hot Water for Blackwater

Once-esteemed (by the government, at least) mercenary corporation Blackwater is in some hot legal water after the company’s former president and four other former employees were slapped with federal charges over the alleged stockpiling of automatic weapons.

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Saving Olvera Street

Culture and history matter, even if it costs money. Someone should tell that to the city of Los Angeles, which is raising rents on the merchant tenants of Olvera Street, a Mexican-heritage historical site downtown that is currently undergoing privatization.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Iraq’s Oil for Iraq

In an announcement that was one part election hackery and one part good domestic politics, the Iraqi prime minister has declared that his country will not sell the rights to any more of its oil fields to foreign companies, a move that signals an intent by Iraq to develop its own national oil industry.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Profiting From Immigration Injustice

Business is booming in Arizona, thanks to a disturbing federal immigration program that transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to a private prison company, parasitic attorneys and other opportunists.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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