Abandoning the Public Interest

Diemer, Ulli
http://www.diemer.ca/Docs/Diemer-Abandoningthepublicinterest.htm
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Date Written:  2000-10-07
Year First Published:  {10047 Abandoning the Public Interest ABANDONING THE PUBLIC INTEREST Diemer, Ulli http://www.diemer.ca/Docs/Diemer-Abandoningthepublicinterest.htm http://newint.org/features/2001/01/05/aslee Canada The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization. 2000-10-07 2000 2001 UlliMooseLogo.jpg ART Article 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. <br> <br>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. CX5282 1 true true false CX5282.htm [0xc000a40300 0xc001d98f00 0xc000210750 0xc0003cedb0 0xc000346c00 0xc000598b40 0xc000ab27e0 0xc00032ab40 0xc00032b020 0xc0004da810 0xc0004db3b0 0xc0011c9800 0xc0014193e0 0xc001459200 0xc001520b70 0xc001a7f5f0 0xc001e85350 0xc001e85c80 0xc00173b0b0 0xc0027b98f0] Cx}
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The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization.

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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.

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