Disaster Capitalism: Puerto Rico Plunged into Darkness After Privatization of Electric Utility 

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.

Source: Disaster Capitalism: Puerto Rico Plunged into Darkness After Privatization of Electric Utility | Portside

Nestlé and the Privatization of Water

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 […]

Source: Nestlé and the Privatization of Water: A Tale of Many Cities – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

 From nationalization to a socialist Commons

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.

Source: Britain Must Take Back Richard Branson’s Awful Trains