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The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy Paperback – October 10, 2005
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Like this excellent and timely book says, these days the foxes aren't just guarding the henhousethey're on the inside. -- Jim Hightower, New York Times best-selling author and publisher of the populist newsletter, the Hightower Lowdown
The ownership society really means youre on your own. This book provides the exposé and ways we can fight back. -- Heather Booth, President, Midwest Academy
This book is a blunt, eloquent, and well-reasoned warning that the powerful forces of privatization are increasingly controlling our lives. -- Frye Gaillard, award winning writer in residence at the University of South Alabama
This book is a wake-up call for all who care about our democracy and the assault on public services. -- Larry Cohen, Executive Vice President, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
A compelling discussion of the consequences of unbridled corporate power, and a thoughtful essay on the human condition. -- Philip Mattera, Director, Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First, and author of Inside U.S. Business
Top Customer Reviews
This book is an eye opener. No wonder we all go around feeling like we're losing control of our lives-we are. We're losing our country. The authors point out that the public sector has a pretty good track record, from the public hospitals we were born in, to the public schools, the community colleges and colleges, we attended, to the public highways we drive on and the public officials we count on to protect us-these institutions were not set up for profit, but to serve us. Corporations don't serve us. They serve themselves.
Unless we mobilize, we're going to lose it.
The problem is, I've seen myriad A-76 disasters; bait & switch tactics by contractors, egregious amounts of money being spent on useless studies, government workers being shafted no matter what happens, companies going bankrupt after receiving the contract and (most likely to happen) the contractor falling well short of what it promised in the original agreement. I do NOT need some bureaucrat in Washington telling me I didn't really see what I already saw!!
All the while, I kept thinking that surely someone out there must see the same waste / fraud / abuse in government contracting that I did. Thankfully, for once in my life, I was correct. Enter Minnich and Kahn. This book details many of the problems I already knew existed, but goes further in-depth than I have been able.
Some may be offended that the book portrays Republicans and corporate executives as voracious wolves who would eat their own young to turn a buck. The most surprising thing about this assessment is that it's accurate. Whether it's politically correct to call something what it already is, is entirely irrelevant.
George W. Bush is likely the most privatization-friendly president in history. He has nothing but contempt for government workers, and the sooner we're all out-sourced, the better.Read more ›
This book addresses how privatization affects democracy and democratic governments. The authors, veterans of numerous civil rights struggles, have written a short book laying out the case against privatization of many sectors of society, some of which were listed earlier in this review. The text is quite short for such a massive subject, and only privatization of three sectors of the economy are examined in detail; prisons, schools, and the US military. Brief mention is made of privatization of airport security, airport traffic control, water, and land. The book ignores privatization of scientific/medical research, financial regulations, power utilities, roads/transit systems, and a whole host of other sectors of the economy.
The style of the text is about one third fact, one third polemic, and one third philosophical reasoning. I was expecting this book to be a cross between a history book and investigative journalism. Unfortunately. it seemed to be a mixture of political propaganda and editorial journalism. As such, the authors offer too little factual analysis and too much commentary; basically a liberal counterpoint to Rush Limbaugh.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent overview of challenges that we as a people need to understand. This book could be titled, "Who is stealing America"?Published 7 hours ago by Thomas E. Reed
I've read many books and articles that point to lead causes of problems in our society today. Violence, Healthcare, Unemployment, Education & War are constant topics of concern in... Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by W. Powell
Whether you are liberal or conservative; republican or democrat; public or private, the impact of the corporate sphere on your life in America is now more far reaching than... Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by Bernie L. Malonson
The book is a good read that changed my philosophy from a "libertarian" approach to a more Adam Smith-like approach in which the government regulates the marketplace to create a... Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Dr. Phil the NYC Expert
Strengths - This book makes a very articulate argument against privatization from a philosophical viewpoint, spanning several areas of "industry" (health care, schools, prisons,... Read morePublished on March 2, 2006 by CJ
The Fox in the Henhouse is a compelling and very readable expose of how many vital public functions--healthcare, mass transit, prisons, santitation, military functions and even... Read morePublished on January 11, 2006 by Marguerite Rosenthal