What's Left This Week

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What's Left 2018-03-22 Volume 105

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Aug 14, 2018 08:47 AM
Citizens’ Press sat down with five commentators to discuss the current Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. The dialogue has been edited and presented here to help inform the broader discussion of Facebook on the left.

Apologists, failure, and always being wrong about privatization | What's Left 2018-01-21 Volume 104

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jan 21, 2018 10:11 PM
The fight against privatization is framed by liberals and the right-wing as a clear and unsubstantiated ideological position of the left. And, no matter how much research is presented exposing how privatization of state services and programs costs more and has no positive (but, in many cases negative) impacts on quality of services, the dominant narrative is privatization works. But, at this point, believing that privatization leads to increased efficiency and lower costs is akin to the denial of climate change and thinking vaccines cause Autism. Decades of real life examples, economic analysis, and trial and error policy show that there are so many ways that do not work when it comes to privatization. So, why do people still believe this nonsense?

Transfers of Wealth and Snake-Oil Promoters | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Dec 21, 2017 03:22 PM
There is something not quite right with the regulation of the financial-technology world. The focus of regulation since the financial crisis was on risk (even if these have since been rolled back). However, the main problem in the end might have not been the high risk, but that the negative consequences of high risk are not borne by those taking the risk.
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