In the USA we have a long held prejudice against public provision of goods and services, because that's "socialism," and therefore "un-American." At the same time, we have long established and widely accepted institutions like public schools and public libraries. Many US state constitutions even make education a right.

But the logic of this transfers to other areas. If education is a right, why not health care? Why not housing?

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It was this comment from DJTjr that got me thinking about this. Not about his comment itself. (If I spent time and attention on every thuggish and ill considered thing this family says, I'd never do anything else.) But it occurred to me that just being a public school student is an introduction to the idea that some things are too valuable to be left to the market, and that benefiting from and supporting public institutions builds equality and solidarity.

washingtonpost.com/education/2

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