Interesting: on the one hand, we’ve discovered, thanks to whistleblower Ed Snowden, that we’ve all lost our personal privacy; and on the other hand formerly public services are being privatized, i.e., sold off to privateers, who “turn a profit” by draining value from what remains of the commons and the common good.
See, for example, this (thanks to John and SueM for the pointer) from countercurrents.org:
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. philosophersstone posted a TED talk by undercover researcher and investigator Charmian Gooch, who describes how, “in a globalized world, corruption is a global business.” Utilizing big banks, anonymous shell companies, and companies with hidden ownership, the .001% is busy draining what remains of the global commons into their greedy, bejeweled little hands.
BTW: Gooch offers a ray of hope at the end.