Not Everything Needs To Be Run For Profit
America is a society made crazy and dysfunctional by dogma ..
In Education .. the average tuition for a 4-year college education has increased an astounding 827% since 1980. Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by a shameful 511%’. In 2013, total outstanding student loan debt exceeded $1 Trillion. This is just absurd.
Education is not a commodity. It is a way that a country can invest in the future and help its people achieve their potential. There is no earthly reason why the education system should be driven by the profit motive. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.
In Healthcare .. very many Americans are only one serious illness away from financial ruin. Over 60% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by health costs and the majority of them were solid, middle class citizens with insurance. 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of adequate healthcare.
Healthcare is not a commodity. America has the most costly, worst-value-for-money, and most unfair healthcare system in the developed western world. The reason is that it is run for the benefit of big corporations whose only duty is to the bottom line and profit is sucked out at ever stage of the process. It really does not have to be like this. There are better ways.
The drive to inappropriate privatization is relentless. Many duties of the American military overseas have been farmed out to unaccountable for-profit mercenary companies. The running of public libraries is being offered to big business for profit. America locks up more of its people than any other country in the world, which suits the operators of private prisons who pour money into lobbying congress to boost their profits.
Often, as in the case with healthcare and education, there are clear examples in other countries that there are far better ways to solve the same problems but that doesn’t seem to matter. It’s irrational. It owes little to logic and much to faith. A blindly perverse faith that, however much reality disproves it, the best way to run absolutely everything is as a business and for profit. It’s a convenient faith too, justifying greed as it does.
The truth is that some things are far too important to society to be left to the market. Some things matter too much to the welfare of all of us to have their outcomes dictated by a profit motive. The market is amoral. It has no social conscience or sense of service to the community. That is simply the nature of the beast. That’s why we can only ever allow it to be our servant and never our master. Of course some things can be left to a well-regulated market but not everything. To think otherwise is just crazy, one-size-fits-all political dogma.
One more time .. not everything needs to be run for profit.