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  •  Libraries, parks, transportation, education-- (1+ / 0-)
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    lots of things have been privatized in my lifetime, leaving the less well off to do without or with inferior amenities/services.  Even public parks are now forced to charge higher and higher entrance fees to cover maintenance and management costs.

    •  It is a sure sign of "less than developed" nations (0+ / 0-)

      and cultures and a sharp divide between haves and have nots. The more egalitarian societies have rich public facilities and spaces. Those we have previously regarded as backward do not.

      A little example was the reaction of a visitor from a relatively well off developing country when I took them to a library and checked out some items for them to enjoy. They offered to pay my cost and it took some explaining that this was a public facility, funded with all our taxes and services were almost all free to the public. Alien concept that I am not sure got across.

      To be very blunt, my brief time in one of our poorer deep southern states was closer to life in the better off countries in South America than what I considered U.S. norm or European standard with regard to such public facilities. My branch library before I left and after my return from that period was larger than the entire system in that place. I won't even get into parks!

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:40:41 PM PST

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