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The Infrastructure Bill Needs to Succeed Where Tech's Utopian Promises Failed

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

As the multitrillion-dollar infrastructure bill wends its way through Congress , its exact parameters and legislative outcome remain uncertain. But whatever the eventual contours of the final bill, a certain ideological argument has already been put forward-and it should be a winner in the public imagination. Whereas the private sector and the efficiencies of the profit motive were once hailed as the key to good governance-“run the government like a business,” went the tired logic of privatization-that consensus may now be falling apart like a pothole-ridden Midwestern highway. As years of economic decay, a devastating pandemic, and the rise of China have proved, we cannot simply trust the self-interest of private capitalists to furnish the basic infrastructure and essential services of public life. And yet, for decades, we have ceded that territory to the commercial sector, with private equity and Silicon Valley, relying on the ethos of disruption, remaking whole industries in their image: technologically...

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