Abandoning the Public Interest
Date Written: 07/10/2000
Year Published: 2001 First Published: 2000
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX5282
The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization.
According to Ulli Diemer, we are witnessing a drastic rolling back of the systems and structures which Western societies developed over the past century or more to safeguard public health and safety. A new generation of politicians and business leaders, permeated with free-market ideology, is jettisoning, with little thought or understanding of the consequences, the apparatus previous generations built, piece by piece, to mitigate the most dangerous aspects of industrial civilization.
What we are losing as a result are not only specific protective and regulatory mechanisms, important as they are, but the understanding of why they exist, why they were created in the first place. The hard-won experiences of the past, the disasters that our ancestors learned from at great cost, are disappearing down the memory hole.