Privitization is simply a euphonism for a set pf strategies to erode citizens’ powers and transfer ownership and control of public “property” into the hands the super-wealthy power-elite. It is another way of transferring wealth, just as military-industrial complex and dubious tax-reform initiatives. Also, it further dilutes the political power of the masses; the PTB accomplish a similar power grab when they slowly but sure crushed most unions.
It matters not whether one speaks of traditional public schools, health-care services, prisons or other entities and programs which have been traditionally exclusively within the domain of the federal and state governments, in the long run, the citizenry are being slowly, but surely, being robbed. For, the very wealthy are stealing almost everything that is not “nailed down.” And, if a certain federal or state program is functioning relatively well, they sabotage such operations; that way, when the citizens scream for a solution, the ruling class has various off-the-shelf initiatives to privitize.
Perhaps half of all job positions within the federal government have been privitized. Even many types of services that the military used to provide to its own have been privitized, e.g., building, setting up housing, providing food services; and security; and also, there are a wide variety of technicians, consultants, private armies (with their own high-tech military weapons and the like. And, don’t get me started with the impending sale of certain choice federally-owned land.
Public ownership and control is the essence of a commonwealth and “people power.” Soon, the United States will be effectively owned and control by a select group of “golden” families and their henchmen. Imagine your grandchildren having a choice of going to a high school owned by Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Walmart, Koch Bros. Corporation or Amazon. Sooner or later, the best of public institutions, services and properties will be owned by perhaps twenty mega-corporations. (Nice!)
So, if you think that the U.S. economic systems is in dire straits and you complain about the disproportionate amount of wealth and political power which the top .05% currently possess, just wait another ten years; cause you ain’t seen nothing yet!