"When Sanders officially announced in April that he would be challenging Clinton in the Democratic primary, he was quickly dismissed as a fringe candidate. As detailed by the Columbia Journalism Review, his announcement got 18 seconds on ABC Evening News (five of those seconds devoted to a welcome-to-the-race tweet from Clinton), a single sentence on CBS Evening News, and a 700-word story on page A21 of The New York Times. By contrast, the announcement of fellow senator Ted Cruz — apparently far less of a "fringe" figure than Sanders, despite his open sympathizing with conspiracy theorists who are convinced President Obama is staging military exercises in Texas as part of a plot to impose martial law on the state — ran on the front page of the Times, above the fold, at more than double the length of the Sanders story."
The key in a lot of these decisions is understanding that profit motive doesn't work well when applied to everything. Some things are better off being not-for-profit, and/or publicly controlled. Healthcare and education suffer under for-profit schemes. Infrastructure is a common resource and should be publicly funded and have public oversight. Anything that becomes relied upon for basic well being, or even, arguably, ubiquitous enough to be placed in "the commons," should probably be socialized to some extent. I'd even make the argument that banks should be not-for-profit, but could remain private companies (and certainly decoupled from financial speculation and investment firms). Health insurance is an inherently immoral industry, and universal healthcare should replace it.
There is a lot of middle-ground that can be taken up by co-ops, not-for-profits, and publicly run structures. Ultimately, "for-profit" is currently painted onto everything and that is destructive to the greater well-being (healthcare, education, environment, etc).
- University Of WashingtonCivil Engineering, 2003 - 2007
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