Since I am a long-time Libertarian, and having read many arguments in favor of privatization of public services, Harry Bernstein's column caught my eye. Here, I thought, was my chance to see and try to understand the logic of an opposing view.
What a disappointment! Bernstein gets off to a bad start when he lists Libertarians among the right wing.
The Left vs. Right political scale is too limited, and fails to chart a political ideology that is in favor of both economic freedom (conservatism) and civil liberties (liberalism). I am a Libertarian, and resent being labeled "right wing."
Bernstein gives us two reasons to oppose privatization. First he states, "Private industry can be and often is at least as inefficient as government and just as costly when profits are added to the price charged by the entrepreneur."
He offers no facts to back this up, but because someone is making a profit out of their honest efforts, he seems offended. Would he prefer a business to operate at a loss? Does he believe workers are better off at a money-losing operation than a profitable one?