Original Air Date: 12–07-19
Today we take a look at the reaction to decades of the fetishization of privatization in the form of a reinvigorated movement for public ownership of institutions meant to serve the public such as utilities, banks, train systems, and so on. But this isn't your grandfather's top-down public ownership, the new movement has bottom-up, accountable, democratic control of institutions at the very core of its mission.
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PG&E declared bankruptcy amid a number of lawsuits related to the wildfires. We speak with California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who is calling for the California state government to take over control of PG&E.
PG&E’s negligence and how a distributed energy system could avoid future outages and detrimental fire damage.
Public ownership is back on the agenda. But if privatization has failed, what kind of public ownership should replace it?
The conversation runs the gamut from the pitfalls of the privatization of goods and services to the social benefits of public ownership and envisioning democratic governance thereof.
Ralph welcomes Walt McRee President of Public Banking Associates, who explains how public banks should be the future of banking.
Trinity Tran, co-founder and lead organizer for Public Bank LA and a founding member of the California Public Banking Alliance.
Laura in conversation with Thomas Hanna, research director at The Democracy Collaborative and author of “Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States”.
MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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