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[casi] Re: [casi-analysis] Op-ed on privatisation in Iraq

>The debate has moved on. Competition against state-owned enterprises
>(SOEs) is hard to foster, since private firms may hesitate to challenge
>a government-bankrolled firm. Moreover, sophisticated regulatory
>structures can reduce private monopolies' scope for abuse. Finally,
>advances in information economics have raised new concerns about
>managerial incentives in SOEs.

I must admit confusion in this matter of SOE vs private enterprise. The US
army, and many domestic US services are now privately run, government
policiy and decision is made by corporate leaders, the election of
government is largely determined by campaign funding from
corporations,  the media is increasingly controlled by huge corporations,
and people move freely from government to private business and back again
-- sometimes occupying both sectors at once. In such an atmosphere of
growing fascism I am hard pressed to know the practical differences between
government and business -- in Iraq or elswhere.

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