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  •  Our public assets are actually much more (5+ / 0-)
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    Bob Guyer, tardis10, shaharazade, AoT, zett

    extensive than is generally recognized. For a while there was an effort to assign monetary values to all the built assets of local and state governmental entities in the interest of constructing capital improvement budgets for the long term. I suspect the whole enterprise ran afoul of the industrial depreciation habit, which has the value of everything decreasing over time, even when it doesn't wear out.
    There has been all kinds of linguistic slight-of-hand to make private corporations seem public and public corporations, along with their belongings, virtually disappear. Perhaps it all served the interest of making handing resources and assets over to private corporations under the mantle of "privatization" look like wealth was being created out of thin air, rather than being doled out, as tradition demands, to special interests and selected friends.
    The Park Service collecting fees is a quasi tax, but a private concession is creating an income stream. That both are using a public utility (money) to account for enterprise is conveniently overlooked because public is bad and private is good. And private property is best of all in an ownership society because it serves as a sop for the fact that natural persons are disrespected behind the convenient fiction that to own is good when, in fact, ownership is a bundle of obligations, which are owed to a community dedicated to protecting what you own.
    Owing and owning are a pair. The Cons don't "get" that, I suspect, because they don't recognize connections.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue May 14, 2013 at 05:06:55 AM PDT

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