A postmodern nation which led the implosion of its own pre-postmodern industrialized prosperity through the STEM-driven invention and patenting of computers, robotics and nanotechnology, all of which released the production floor from its dependency on human laborers except those whose jobs due to their relatively low educational background requirements could be easily, profitably and therefore logically outsourced to low-wage, union-free countries hungry for any type of non-village, non-agrarian work opportunities– those opportunities which fuel the growth of modern cities (and drive them ultimately to the post-modern cliff beside which America stands)– is bound to seek profit not based upon precious metal manufacturing and sustainable within its own boundaries such as service work.  In the micropolitics of capitalist desire, the wealthiest and potentially most easily influenced customer in America is its own government.  The rhizomes of privatization have been growing for decades and have produced apparently profitable and sustainable business models for the corporate meta-organism.  The language of privatization depends on a logic that business because it is profit driven can and will perform tasks normally government-run more efficiently and effectively than the State bureaucracy can do. Fair enough in the limited language of salesmanship.  Give a business the tax money and it will do for government what government is already doing but at a lower cost and a higher quality. Initially, it would make sense to ask who is currently performing these tasks.  The answer would be that government workers are performing these tasks.  The government is in fact the largest employer of all employers by far in the United States.  So faced with a certain instability in language and meaning, hidden within the privatization sales pitch toward America is the unstated fact that this sales pitch will gut the jobs of the largest work force in the country. Research the destabilization and implosion of the Postal Service for example. Millions of unemployed ex-government workers in queue for unemployment benefits makes up the horizon line of a successful privatization effort. The modern ‘we’ of human solidarity, community, and universality is inexorably fissured and shattered in this scenario. So the taxes which come from those workers’ salaries and purchases and licenses dry up as a result of their unemployment. Lower tax revenue pressurizes government debt by limiting money with which to service that debt. Destabilize the work force, as in a recession or depression, and the service of government debt is destabilized.  This ripples negatively throughout the markets as uncertainty in debt service can give rise to lack of desire for expansion and risk entrepreneurship.  When business hoards its expansion budget the entire economy is affected. Nevertheless, the model for privatization already exists and its roots thread out further each day with supporters among law makers whose election campaigns are bankrolled by the privateers. Private prisons, for example, exist.  In the short term, they generally infuse the local economy with expansive licensing money which aides politicians in their image and temporarily boosts local economies.  Some construction work and private security jobs are created to perhaps offset the government job losses. But the momentum for bottom-line business has its own life.  If a company is paid to incarcerate then each prisoner is a profit unit.  Profits are increased by increasing profit units.  More prisoners mean more profits.  Pressure could be placed on law makers to tweak laws to increase incarceration rates especially in the population segments with least political clout, the minority voter. America already inters 7 times more African Americans and nearly 4 times more Hispanics than white citizens, a warped inverse of the population ratios. Those minority profit units for private prisons is poorly represented by elected officials in their government and so are mute and silenced if laws are further tweaked to increase their profit unit numbers. Their treatment within the private prison system is also a bottom-line issue. Government regulation is anathema to American business in a postmodern world of schismaticized messaging where the image of regulators crushing economic growth is monetized in every media market by the private sector without any government-funded balanced imaging representing aporia often squelched by those very lawmakers biased toward their corporate funders. If Americans do not know how prisoners at Guantanamo are treated, how much less would they know about prisoners within a private prison system when the corporation controls the messaging/imaging market with tax-payer funded profits? Private prisons make profits on every incarceration regardless of the production output of the prisoner.  But put that unpaid prisoner to work and now there is a profit unit producing saleable product in zero-wage production modules. Deregulation turns away the oversight of basic human rights.  Profiteering seeks the maximum productivity without concern for the vagaries of ethics and morals. From within this system, American small businesses are forced to compete not only with off-shore production costs already low from wage suppression and corrupt regulation but also from a highly motivated privatized system that comes close to legalizing American slavery again. Let this concept expand to private schooling.  How does a student learn in a system not required to assess learning, or worse, paid to assess itself and able to manipulate the results of its findings? How long does a road or bridge last if built by an industry innervated to produce shiny new replacement products as rapidly as the market can sustain? How clean will the drinking water privately produced remain in a postmodern era of image trumping reality? There are already sections of America where the tap water is flammable. Where does all the oil from those massive oil spills go? Only the giant petroleum companies control the message which addresses that question. So deregulate health care and privatize it and hope the minimum wage worker of the American future can receive high-quality treatment or even access.  More likely each patient will be run through an actuary table so that treatment can be based upon cost versus profit, not the inherent value of a human life.  Theoretically, this is a grim world America is moving toward. In the world of capital, theory is practice. Practice is reality.  Efficiency and effectiveness, those twin concepts which promote privatization are actually focused not on the benefit of the consumer (except when the sales pitch is being hurled) but on the bottom-line profitability of a venture. So the government will not ultimately have made a contract in the best interest of American by deregulating and privatizing.  But the public will not perceive the horror of its own reality because the message is controlled by the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity.

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