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Pay More, Get Less: The Perils of Privatization (CCR's NetRoots Panel 2010)

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July, 2010
This panel took place on Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at the NetRoots Nation conference, Las Vegas, NV.

With more private military contractors in Afghanistan than troops; BP directing its own clean-up in the Gulf; the privatization of social safety services at the expense of our nation’s most vulnerable populations; prisons controlled by corporations that answer only to their shareholders; our roads, bridges and even water under the control of foreign corporations; and secret intelligence operations being outsourced to corporate mercenaries who work for the highest bidder, this panel will take a critical look at how privatization of government is subverting democracy and making our communities and nation less safe. What is the impact here and abroad? How can we hold corporations accountable, or are they outside the law? We’ll outline the high cost of handing over core government functions to big business and strategize on how to effect change, from grassroots mobilization to important legislation.