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The Great Recession and its Implications: Tax the Rich or Privatize the State?
by Shamus Cooke
August 27, 2012

The Great Recession and its possible continuance has brought the issue of privatization to the forefront of American politics. But most Americans aren't even aware that this debate is happening, because the media and politicians aren't using the word "privatization; instead less threatening substitutes are used to ram through a corporate agenda that aims to massively transform public resources into corporate profit.

The mass privatization frenzy is the corporate solution to the budget crises occurring on the city, state, and national level crises caused by the recession that the banks and corporations created themselves, and are now positioning themselves to benefit from again, beyond the infamous bailouts.

The effects of the recession will continue for years, and the already slowing economy is exacerbating these effects, most notably the bankrupting of government budgets. Politicians from the Democratic and Republican parties both holler that "there is no money, and therefore massive cuts have to be made to public services, while public employees must either be laid off or have their wages destroyed.

But another corporate solution to this corporate-caused problem is now proceeding full speed ahead: Urban Infrastructure Banks. Under this scheme, the funding of publicly-run infrastructure roads, bridges, public buildings, etc. will be taken out of the public realm and transferred to the corporations, who will fund these projects as long as they profit from them.

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 Quoting: RoXY

Excellent article Roxy. Illustrates the central paradox of capital...with each crisis, the cause is applied as the remedy leading to an even more acuter next crisis and so on and so forth.

On a practical level, the complete destruction of the common impulses that equip all beings with the basic tools for survival marks humankind for a transformation of the likes we are not really equipped for and at best, we can only speculate as to what will emerge. If the self-obsessed elites are anything to go by, the future looks grim indeed.
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