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Privatizing government services

Hey DPers,

It is many of our belief here on the Daily Paul that governments only role is to

1. Protect life
2. Protect property
3. Protect liberty

With that said, let's take a look at which departments serve the above principle and which departments are erroneous.

I will use the example of the National Weather Service. I have heard some proclaim it's not the governments role to tell us the weather but on a contrary argument, does this department serve to protect life and property?

Perhaps, as long as it doesn't practice pseudo sciences meant to project a thunderhead of propaganda directed at carbon taxing due to global warming.....

Does this not bring up the debate for a department or body to regulate the NWS ensuring its role is not being distorted?

There are many more departments that can be debated and I would really like to hear from some of you and your opinions on how they should be handled once Ron Paul gets elected......

You know, we need to start thinking about this, January inauguration is not too far away......

DEX

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Depends on what you mean

Privatizing by government granting contracts to special business is no different than government doing the work themselves, except now the contractor has to make a profit.
Most military spending is wasted on government contracts.

Agreed

And that is what I believe by friend Katherine has expressed below.

I'm talking about cutting the departments loose and let the government completely walk away.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Hi dexterszyd.

Some people can learn from others' mistakes, but most people must learn their own lessons. Here's a lesson about privatization that could provide a lesson for us here in the United States, if only we would see it.

In Mexico, many people are upset about the PRI's return to power. On July 5, Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) announced that it planned to recount votes at more than half of the country's polling stations, citing inconsistencies. The final results, including the recount, could be in by this Sunday, but the IFE has until September 6 to declare a winner, and the recount could be long and expensive. For many Mexicans, the PRI evokes memories of authoritarianism, corruption, and cronyism. (There's a reason, after all, why writer Mario Vargas Llosa called the PRI "the perfect dictatorship" and said Mexico would be "a country of masochists" if it voted the party back to the presidency.) Among other things, the PRI was responsible for the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, the infamous 1988 election fraud, and a variety of neoliberal economic reforms described by William Finnegan in his recent New Yorker article on the Mexican drug war:

[I]t was the PRI that presided over the privatization of more than a thousand state companies during the nineteen-eighties and nineties. Carlos Salinas, during his sexenio, privatized hundreds of companies, as well as Mexico's banking system, turning a lucky circle of his friends into billionaires. This creation of a new economic elite, with effective monopolies in fields such as transportation, mining, and telecommunications, resembles the creation, around the same time, of the new crony-capitalist oligarchy in Russia. And in Mexico nearly all its beneficiaries owe their fortunes to the PRI, not the PAN.

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Hi Kathrine

That is a very interesting comparison. It doesn't have to be that way . What you have described is privatization with no competition. Sounds like it wasn't a free market at all but a selected few benefited.

I believe in a lasse fare capitalistic society where contracts are protected and respected.

Thanks fort the thoughts. I will need to read more about Mexico.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

You're welcome.

I think it's a good idea to read more about Mexico's privatization, and probably about the crony-capitalist oligarchy in Russia, as well. I hope you are aware that the system here in the US is also tainted by a crony-capitalist oligarchy. A lasse fare capitalistic society would be a dream come true, but how will we get there from here? Cutting the governmental departments loose to let the government completely walk away, as you mentioned above, would leave many people in dire straights. If we followed Dr. Paul's suggestion to move along this path in a way that would allow those people to wean themselves away from their welfare conditions, we might be able to get there without too much hardship for too many people. But our own history shows, and the histories of most countries around the world also show, that when the elite are left to their own devices, without any governmental guidelines or regulations, they will lead the people into mounting repression, increased human suffering, a collapse of infrastructure and, finally, collective death. I believe that the role of the government to protect life, property and liberty has got to include some provisions, in the form of guidelines and regulations, to make sure contracts are protected and respected and to prevent the downfall of society.

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi