“Communities across the country have been ripped off by public-private schemes that enrich corporations and Wall Street investors and leave the rest of us to pick up the tab.”
Ricardo Santos Ramos, former President of the Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union of Puerto Rico, gave a report June 13 at a meeting organized by the Detroit Party… #labor #puertorico
More than 1 million people in Puerto Rico were left in the dark this month after power transmission and distribution for the island was taken over by a private company under a 15-year contract. Much of Puerto Rico lost power after a fire at an electrical substation caused a massive blackout just days after the private U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy formally took over management of the island’s electric grid from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
“The Biden administration should immediately kill this toxic legacy of the former president.”
As advocates of privatization, Republicans also have much to gain from disrupting the 2020 census and mail-in voting.
With the UK’s National Health Service now in the hands of a Tory government, the US health-care industry will look to exploit every opportunity to squeeze profits out of the system. But this is nothing new: the US has always had its sights set on the NHS.
On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the “All Eyes on Nestlé” conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous’ peoples and citizens’ movements fighting Nestlé’s water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil. Following this public event, the representatives of the organizations involved met for a workshop to […]
Not long after Margaret Thatcher rose to power forty years ago, she decimated huge swaths of Britain with deindustrialization, privatization, and cuts. Those same areas now have the opportunity in this election to bury her legacy once and for all.
Our DMNC could just as well be ‘democratic market neo-socialism’, save that, goofy socialists would turn it into a social democracy.
But the issue of nationalization is not quite what we mean by a Commons the example of Britain shows that the path to expropriation is not inconceivable, even in electoral terms.
f you catch a train in the UK, you’ll understand why nationalization is so popular. Warnings that it might not be much better don’t put off the public, because the public aren’t stupid. The NHS isn’t perfect, but we know we own it: we feel an investment in it, and we know what the alternative is. The state can improve it, because they own it. Currently, we don’t own our trains. We pay through the nose for horrendous journeys and know that the stack of cash handed over for that ticket is being pocketed by a billionaire. That’s far harder to swallow than sitting on a train and thinking it could be improved, but knowing the ticket price is going back into the service.