Thursday, May 13, 2004

Outsourcing, it's not just for high tech anymore

Contracting Out Our Government

Marylaine Block writes about the trend to outsourcing primary functions of government in an imitation of big business. This is part of a conversation that has never really caught our collective attention.

I think it is easy to get agreement on the idea it is dangerous to outsource prisoner interrogation, but I think the conversation needs to go further. The problem is not outsourcing, it is that we have had not good discussion about how much, how far, how long, and under what conditions we should outsource. With every government contract, we outsource a little more and the trend towards a virtual government becomes a graver danger every day.

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