• 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.