How private services became public

Private Or Public Directions On A Metal SignpostMuch of the debate about government focuses on whether things that are currently “public” should be made “private.” But how helpful are those distinctions really? This fascinating piece from Governing Magazine finds that many of today’s public services at one point in history were actually provided by private entities. “Things we take for granted today—public police, roads and libraries—were only achieved through long, hard political battles that lasted decades and sometimes centuries.”

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