Essential services – a conflict in principal
by Michael Colantoni
Essential services must not be controlled by those driven by the profit motive.
Because the service is essential. The users of the service have no choice – they must use it.
Because the motive of profit is in contradiction to service.
Because the motive of service is in contradiction to profit.
A service provided in the spirit of service may result in a profit.
A service provided in the spirit of profit may result in service.
When choice is required whether to give priority to one or the other, the profit motive will preclude service.
When a choice is required whether to give priority to one or the other, the service motive will preclude profit.
Such situations will always arise, and, in fact, are the norm.
Power, water, health – these are not options.
Give control over these to private, profit-motivated people and the inevitable result will be economic enslavement – guaranteed. It has already begun.
Air next? Try to negotiate a good deal on that!
Tell me what you want, and I will tell you who you are. If you want profit, you are not to be trusted with my essential needs. I will buy a car from you, and a house, even my phone – but stay away from my power, water, health and air. In fact, stay away from my religion too. You want profit, you want to survive – you don’t care about me. You will destroy me in your pursuit for survival and profit if my needs come into conflict with yours.
When the motive is service, our needs are the same.
When profit is the motive, our needs are in conflict.
This is a principle.