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Will it be more fickle than a politician's ability to get votes?

The answer here is probably "yes". But the question is worth asking. If we can construct some system where the profit motive does motivate ongoing maintenance of welfare infrastructure, thats a win.




Not only will it be more fickle, there is 0 accountability from the public, and the corporation has unilateral control over the programs existence.

Contrast that with entrenched public goods like schools, libraries, police and fire departments. Most politicians don't have the ability to suspend those programs if the quarterly numbers are low.

So yes, private welfare infrastructure is inherently less stable than public.

> If we can construct some system where the profit motive does motivate ongoing maintenance of welfare infrastructure, thats a win.

There are some things that just aren't profitable, and never will be, like rural mail delivery.

Not to be dramatic or anything, but I think if the last 30 years have taught us anything, it is that the more we try to solve problems with profit driven organizations the more anemic our society will become.




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