I'm not sure why I like this so much. Maybe it's just the extra-strong coffee talking. Whatever it was, the irrepressible Juan Cole has just earned Doctor Biobrain's first ever Quote Of The Week:
"The privatizers would set up private corporations to sell you creek water and oxygen if they could get away with it."
It's not as well worded as it could have been, but it really clears through the crap that these fools spout off on the benefits of free enterprise, and really gets to the heart of the matter: money. I should say for all those who don't understand that, in this context, the term "privatizers" does not refer to Social Security, but rather of folks who want to turn various government-run activities (including oil production in socialized countries) into corporate-run activities. They claim that it's because private industry is always more efficient than government-run industry, which may be true in many cases, but is merely a red herring for their real cause: greed. They would certainly prefer an inefficiently-run corporation pumping oil, managing prisons, and running our schools over an efficiently-run government operation. All they're really looking for is another excuse for rich men to siphon off profits from our every activity.
Free enterprise definitely has it's advantages, but not if it means The People are being robbed.