Looking Left and Right Quote of Note # 63 (R. Reich)


An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Robert Reich:

What defines a society is a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions -public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on.
    Public institutions are supported by all taxpayers, and are available to all. If the tax system is progressive, those who are better off (and who, presumably, have benefited from many of these same public institutions) help pay for everyone else….
    “Privatize” means pay-for-it-yourself. The practical consequence of this in an economy whose wealth and income are now more concentrated than any time in 90 years is to make high-quality public goods available to fewer and fewer.

Why is an appreciation for these observations so contentious? Ideology aside, what reasons can be rationally or honorably offered to suggest that an intelligent and good society does not need or benefit from the public institutions Reich lists above?

In a world where almost unthinkable percentages of income and assets are held by so few, how can anyone reasonably expect that a prosperous future will be available to all but the few? If we are not collectively providing for and supporting these foundational elements which were an intricate and vital part of the nation we’ve built over these past few centuries, what promises does the future hold for the vast majority of citizens?

A question I’ve asked on many occasions here and in other writings, but it’s one whose answer will define and determine much of American life in the decades to come: What kind of nation do we choose to be?

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