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  •  Socialized Public Power (6+ / 0-)

    Our power grid and it's energy sources are the foundation of our economic system and our literal survival, leaving them in the hands of for-profit companies is insane. John Lennon's idea of "Power To The People" should mean we all have a socialized, intelligent energy grid that is re-structred for massive wind/solar inputs.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:24:38 AM PDT

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    •  We need a different word. (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, linkage

      Americans have been taught to run in terror at the words "socialism" or "socialist", to the point where it isn't even worth it to fight the fnord any more.  "Community" works much better.  Even if the "community" gets fairly extended.  "Public" isn't too awful, as long as you can avoid admitting that it's "government", which has been captured by the 1% for so long that ordinary people have good justifications not to trust it.

      But yes, public infrastructure should be publicly owned and operated for the public good.  That's why Washington set up the US Postal Service.  Why FDR originally set up Rural Electrification.  It's why Eisenhower signed off on the Interstate System.  Large-scale public works are useful tools for supporting the entire national enterprise.  Even the Romans built roads and set up a "post" system on the public bill.  Transport and communications are essential to a functioning nation and can't be trusted to grow ad hoc according to the profits of individual investors.  Health, education, and public safety are essential goods that don't respond well to market forces.  Military defense works lousy on a contract basis.  These are all things that should be handled by the government if it wants to stay "in business".

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