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I think you meet that with more transparency. As Sharp points out in from Democracy to Dictatorship the trick is to have strategies that are so good that it doesn't matter that the opponent knows them.

In a Swedish context the Pirate party is pushing (and has gained some traction on the left for) that government functions, even performed in private companies should fall under government transparency rules.

If government isn't transparent I think it is easier for corporations to capture it. Or at least it is harder to tell.

by fjallstrom on Mon Dec 12th, 2016 at 04:50:15 PM EST
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The key may be to define in law (and in the constitution, if possible) what functions need to be fully accountable and transparent to the public, regardless of whether they are carried out by government agencies or private contractors. I would include in this Education, Healthcare, public housing, social welfare, environmental emissions, public transport and essential public infrastructure utilities like roads, rail, air, sea, electricity, gas, water.

There is currently a campaign in Ireland to vest the ownership of public water resources in the people via a clause in the constitution to prevent the privatisation of water services at some point in the future.

Article 10 of the Irish Constitution already states:


1: All natural resources, including the air and all forms of potential energy, within the jurisdiction of the Parliament and Government established by this Constitution and all royalties and franchises within that jurisdiction belong to the State subject to all estates and interests therein for the time being lawfully vested in any person or body.

although vindicating those rights depends on parliament rather than the courts, and it has proven amenable to pressure in the past from the Troika to privatise key national resources.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 12th, 2016 at 07:23:10 PM EST
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A major theme of our group's contribution, which I have just put to bed, is the nurturing of civil society input into policy formation. The register of lobbies would distinguish two categories : for-profit, and civil society. Any decider who consults with an economic lobbyist would be obliged to have a consultation of equal quality with a civil-society lobby. And so on.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Dec 12th, 2016 at 11:33:56 PM EST
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