|David Garcia on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:56:14 +0200 (CEST)|
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|Re: <nettime> Who said the US is boring?|
|As cracks appear in the neo-liberal paradigm and market fundementalism falters (even in the UK Tory party where Brexit flys in the face|
of what neo-liberal business wants).. we must be wary of seeing “public ownership” as an unalloyed -good-. State (or public) entites can
quite easily become self reproducing interest groups, lobbying on behalf of themselves as effectively as any corporation. Anyone who has
had to deal regularly with public institutions will know that they do not always serve the best interests of the public.
As the paradigm shifts away from market fundementalism to the various alternatives it may be good to keep on remembering this. The pendulum
cannot simply swing back to earlier forms of state ownership without a fundemental re-imaging of what that means for our every day lives. We may
be moving away from the world in which we are always seen as a customer rather than a citizen, a patient, a student or a passenger. But being
re-categorised is no guarantee of being better looked after, or that our best interests will be served.
On 17 Aug 2017, at 07:05, Keith Hart <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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