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Viewing all The Public Good Rules

At the dawn of our Republic the word “public” was esteemed and often connected to the word “good”.  Today all things public are under attack:  public libraries, public schools, public arts, public health, public assets in general.  The commons, that is, those things that we own collectively and can access freely or at very low cost, is dramatically shrinking, and with it our sense of community and interconnectedness.  The justification, say the advocates of privatization, is that the public is inefficient and wasteful.  But many, many studies have found that public management is at least as efficient as private management,  decision making is much more localized and the company/agency is far, far more responsive to its “customers”.