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CHAPTER 9 Too Important for the Private Sector

Some aspects of government are just too important to hand over to the private sector.

Among these are the government’s role in protecting life and liberty. Even the cons will say that the government has a role in defending citizens. But they just can’t seem to help themselves. Since Ronald Reagan, the cons have been busy privatizing the most basic features of our government, including the military, the prisons, and our electoral system itself.

The cons ascribe to a religion of privatization. “Anything government can do, we can do better,” they say. Even though corporations have to skim money off the top to pay dividends to their shareholders, pay their CEOs’ huge salaries, and pay for the corporate ...

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