I have written about how ‘Big Business” is in bed with government. George Monbiot’s article from November 2013, has never seemed more apt as we are learning about G4S (the people who privatised the running of some prisons and of delivering prisoners to court (and losing them) are now to be responsible for the crucial discrimination helpline.
I believe that Theordore Roosevelt, stated the problem clearly in one of his addresses in curbing monoplies:
The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.
I have been consistently worried about how our government thinks that by privatising our various institutions it is
saving money and therefore bolstering the country; this is a completely and utter farce. If you privatise the central core functions of government, what is government there for? We cannot make businesses responsible for morality or social thought, there first responsibility is to its share holders and to make profit.
We must stop government eroding our freedoms, our ability to make them accountable (that is what they are elected for).