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“Privatization” is a buzzword in politics that conjures up both hope and despair. Instead of being repelled by potential market failure, opponents of privatization should examine the widespread government failure seen in the status quo. Market failure is a possibility; current government failure is the reality. It’s critical to weigh potential market failure with potential government failure, not potential market failure with their intended desire for government success.
Privatization leads to lower state-owned debt, increases efficiency and effectiveness of services, and allows private investors to support innovative entrepreneurs. Anyone who’s been to the DMV will knows that private businesses serve customers more efficiently and kindly than government bureaus. The simply fact is that politically-motivated agencies are antiquated and unable to produce desirable results that citizens demand.
Most of us believe the main function of a modern state is to protect the life and freedoms of its citizens from external threats — be they other states or violent nonstate actors. However, in Ukraine today, the equation has completely reversed. Instead of protecting its citizens from terrorism, the Ukranian state and its allies are terrorizing its people by killing, kidnapping, and torturing them as well as destroying their property.
To recap what’s happened in the country over the last couple of weeks, peaceful protests have spread throughout the country in January as a response to President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. To silence the people’s voice, the parliament controlled by the president’s party adopted a number of laws on January 16th in a bizarre and legally dubious manner, seriously limiting citizens’ rights and freedoms, and de facto turning Ukraine into a dictatorship.
Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in The Purple Elephant about Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision to not defend the state’s gay marriage ban in federal court.
Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herringmade waves by announcing he would not enforce the Commonwealth’s ban on gay marriage, concluding that the state constitutional amendment violated the U.S. Constitution. Moreover, Herring announced that the state will join a federal lawsuit on behalf of two gay couples who are challenging the law, claiming it was time for Virginia to be on the “right side of history.”