Adam Eran Posted 9 months ago Mariana Mazzucato: Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator Sorry, this is right-wing propaganda. The postal service subsidized the distribution of information from the beginning of the republic. That was by design...no internet in those days. It was the price the founders were willing to pay to have an educated public who could vote. It was also why they set up the press as a check on government. After the post office was privatized, it began to make money, and has successfully competed with the likes of UPS and FedEx for years. The only reason it hasn't made money recently is a Republican poison pill that required it to pre-pay 75 years of retiree health care. Yep, that's right, it has to pay for health care for workers unborn. That's free enterprise for ya! Meanwhile, Social Security is solvent forever. Yes, it has enough in its trust fund to pay full benefits for the next 20 years, and could even increase those benefits, fully paid, if the cap on SS income was lifted.... But that's not the real story here. Besides debunking the propaganda, I'd like you to consider the obvious fact: government is not funded by taxes or borrowing. Where would tax payers or lenders-to-government get their dollars if government didn't spend them into the economy first. The idea that "failure is sure to come" is belied all over the country by the cheaper, publicly-owned power companies (read Dennis Kucinich's Wikipedia entry), by the fact that worldwide, government-regulated or sponsored health care is half as expensive as the mostly private health care in the U.S. etc. Some things government does better than the private economy. The idolatry of worshiping at the altar of "free markets" ignores that government is absolutely required for such markets to exist. I urge you to demonstrate you are not automatons. Change your mind.