Xavier Belvemont


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All Government or all Private?

Here on TED I find alot of arguments for/against Government ownership of services and arguments for/against the private sector alternative.
So out of interest let's take this to extremes..

Lets say that oneday the Government takes a piece of paper
and on the paper all services provided by the government are listed.

Police, Firefighters, prisons, highway maintenance, infrastructure, schools, hospitals, military, Public Transport, FDA, EPA, DOE, DOA, sewage system, water infrastructure, Congress, Elections, Legislation, policy, the courts, everything... even the Materials and labour that maintain and create them.

Now, lets say the Government now gives you a referendum and the choice is that every single service either stays with the Government or it goes to private companies to run.
Which option do you choose and why?
There are no other options available.

  • Feb 27 2013: Private.

    If the government controlled all services, there would be no competition and hence no progress.
    Also, there would be somewhat more corruption.
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    Feb 26 2013: Describe the difference between "all private" and anarchy please.
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    Feb 26 2013: I'd choose all government ; that's the decent looking private.
  • Feb 26 2013: the second, since the government is the king and will have the power to regulate the private sector.
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    Feb 26 2013: The later with a smidge of regulation, but damn little.
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    Feb 26 2013: If I have to choose it would be all private but neither extreme is optimum. Extremes rarely are.
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      Feb 26 2013: what is the optimum number of car crashes, malaria cases, hungry children?
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        Feb 26 2013: Enough to remind us not to take our existence for granted. eg The current situation in the west shows that in a world where no-one goes hungry the majority get fat. (You really don't like the government do you?) Maybe you just need to experience a government that does as it's told. Ours is quite obedient most of the time ;-)
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    Feb 25 2013: I would choose all private. The private sector has always offered more choice and greater efficiency due to competition. Likewise, the bloat and inefficiency of the public sector points back to the same root cause - lack of competition.