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The Data Says That Privatization is Worse

| Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 10, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The next time a privateer tells you how awful government is and how wonderful private corporations are, send him a copy of In the Public Interest’s one pager, Five Myths About Privatization.  Complete with footnoted sources, it is a refreshing rejoinder to the non-footnoted narrative that has regrettably come to define the American zeitgeist.

For a longer article that finds the public sector superior in providing three essential services (education, health, military) see this piece by David Morris.


About David Morris

David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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  • Thanks for publishing this. Politicians aside, during my six years working in the public sector I worked alongside many very capable professionals who worked for lower wages than they would have earned in the private sector because of the satisfaction gained from working in the public interest. Our current economic malaise was brought on, not by the public sector, but by private corporations led by execs who place their own financial interests above both the public and even their own firms. If there has been any deficiency in the public sector, it has been the politically motivated lax regulatory oversight. We see it at the federal level and we see it at the state and local level as well.