From Public Goods to Private and Profitable Property

The idea of collective action for the common good has slowly given way in this country to private and for-profit … by design. If we’re going to improve health and health equity for everyone, we have to understand the shift away from the things once considered sacred public goods (i.e., public schools, transportation, infrastructure, and investment in all communities). In this episode, we talk with author Donald Cohen, who recently published The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back, to find out how we got here and how we can return to a mindset of social solidarity.

Reflection question

Has the privatization of public goods impacted people of color in your community? If so, how?

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This episode is part of the Unjust and Unfair: Consequences of a Racial Wealth Divide podcast series

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