Tag Archive: Privatization

Wired has a pretty balanced (surprisingly, these days) summary of the situation. Basically, if it’s done right it can really help things out, but there’s a lot of fine details that could be missed that could exacerbate the mess.


No surprise. Is there anything it can’t do?

Private sector works harder than public sector. And they earn less.

Obama’s Big Success Story

The privatization of the space sector. So why won’t he replicate the success in other areas? My guess: Space isn’t an industry he cares about, so he doesn’t mind if it privatizes, against his typical governing philosophy.

About The City 2.0

So TED has produced a major initiative to reinvent cities for modern global needs. That’s fine, and I’m fine with others being excited. Good for them. But unfortunately, I expect that this will once again fail in the exact same way that most other city-reinventing initiatives fail – they’ll be trying to fix problems caused mostly by bad government with other top down solutions, which will inevitably fail to properly see and address citizen’s needs, be siphoned off into corrupt embezzlement, and otherwise just generally compound the problems.

The fact of the matter is that there are very well known techniques that accomplish many of the goals just about every city-improvement initiative has: cleaning up waste, improving and maintaining infrastructure, providing better housing, increasing the education and wealth of the populace – and the techniques that work are almost never the techniques applied. Simply put, getting government out of the way and privatizing services to competing markets has a proven track record, and it oftentimes even accomplishes its goals at a profit to the city. But it requires city planners, bureaucrats, and vested politicians to get out of the way, give up the power they desire, and actually let the population thrive.

At least, when it’s allowed, which is only slowly happening in Maryland. By contrast, Virginia has been privatized for decades, and the results show.

Boeing just announced that they’re planning on using the crew vehicle they’re designing to transport their own employees, rather than only government astronauts, to the International Space Station. While startups like SpaceX are providing pressure by doing everything privately, it’s nice to see the big companies that are used to doing pretty much everything via government contract working to make space not such a big deal.

Gets noticed – and misinterpreted by the media, of course.

I’m not sure Newt has any chance of winning the election if he gets the nod, but he’s got such great ideas on so many things I would love to see him with some cabinet position.

On a fraction of NASA’s budget, and put mankind into the real space age.

Once you toss out the silly idea of NASA running their own launches, and replace it with subcontracting to SpaceX, all sorts of possibilities open up.

Yes, privatization can help. How did you know?

What’s not to like? Increased service, accountability, and transparency for the public, increased revenue for government…

I sure wish Boston and Massachusetts would start doing this…if a corrupt, liberal bastion such as Chicago can, maybe there’s hope to one day see it out here, too. And if states and the Federal government started privatizing more, maybe we wouldn’t have so much infrastructure absolutely failing around the country.

How’s that for the world turning upside-down? While Democrats are leading the charge to take control of major industries, Russia is selling them off. They’ve been where we’re going, and know it’s not worth it.

Popular Science just ran an interesting series of articles on what our country’s next generation infrastructure could look like. Very neat, but there’s just one major thing standing in the way: politicians.

Our system is falling apart not because we don’t have the technology, but because of several reasons, all directly the fault of our politicians:

  1. It’s sexier to spend money on new projects rather than maintain the projects previous regimes created
  2. Why spend money on maintaining existing infrastructure when you could funnel that money to your own private interests?
  3. Politicians hate losing power, and so steer most the maintenance to uncompetitive unions and public employees

All of these problems are widespread, and there are easy solutions for them. What public infrastructure has had the maintenance and investment pried from political hands and been sold off to private companies not only generates revenue for the state (from the sale), but inevitably IS maintained with state of the art technologies such as the type Popular Science is highlighting. The rest of the infrastructure becomes a financial leech on society while continuing to fall apart due to political negligence.

Privatize The Sewer Systems

Yet another area where privatization is the solution to our infrastructure problems