SOURCE: Texas Monthly
Those "Local" School Battles in Texas are Part of a Decades-Long Statewide Plan to Undermine Public Schools
Advocates of privatizing public schools have bankrolled and organized parents' groups around a range of values issues with the goal of undermining confidence in local schools. In Texas, it seems to be working to break down the longstanding opposition of rural families to voucher programs.
Puerto Rico Needs Public Electric Utilities, Not More Privatization
by Alex Standen
Worker protest movements created the public utilities that used to provide electricity to Puerto Rico. In the face of the disastrous failure of the privatized utility system highlighted by Hurricanes Fiona and Maria, a similar movement is needed now.
SOURCE: The Metropole
The Growth Of Market-Oriented Urban Policy — A Review Of Neoliberal Cities
by Tracy Neumann
A new collection of essays seeks to develop a historical understanding and grounding for the often vague term "neoliberalism" through its transformation of urban space and politics.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Trump’s Attack on the Postal Service Is a Threat to Democracy—and to Rural America
You’d think that the Republican Party, which depends on the undue weight given to rural voters for its continued political life, would be particularly solicitous of the post office. But, at the higher reaches, its ideological preoccupations are stronger: the post office is a government service, and therefore bad; it should be run instead by people who can make money from it.
SOURCE: The National Interest
Donald Trump Is Redefining the Role of "Big Government" in America
by Amitai Etzioni
Donald Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has not renewed "big government." Trump has channeled public funds to private enterprises and left state and local governments responsible for providing services without the resources or power to do the job effectively.
In Defense of Public Institutions
by Elizabeth Stice
While the generations of the past sought to establish public institutions, in our era, there is a relentless push for more privatization, far beyond the postal service.
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