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Public services are good

A yard of sleeping Muni buses, awaiting disruption.

My latest for The Guardian is about the new tech-driven efforts to privatize public services, and why public services are worth protecting—and expanding. A couple of quotes to court your clicks:

A profit-driven system doesn’t mean we get more for our money—it means someone gets to make more money off of us.
But government isn’t a business; it’s a different kind of machine. At its worst, it can be repressive and corrupt and autocratic. At its best, it can be an invaluable tool for developing and sustaining a democratic society. Among other things, this includes ensuring that everyone receives the resources they need to exercise the freedoms on which democracy depends. When we privatize public services, we don’t just risk replacing them with less efficient alternatives – we risk damaging democracy itself.

Read the column at The Guardian.

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