As the oil wars rage in various parts of the world, mainly the Middle East with a ruthlessness and brutality that shocks, angers and saddens all thinking and compassionate people, we should be aware that the next round of resource wars has already started.
At the moment it is in the softer approach, though with no less misery to those poor communities at the receiving end, with the powerful and the wealthy gobbling up the world’s water resources. This policy is being pushed through by the policies of such bodies as GATT, IMF and The World Bank in the form of enforced water privatisation in poorer countries as conditions of loans and trading arrangements. It is also happening in the richer countries.
As nation states see their precious and necessary water resources being taken by foreign companies the struggle will take on the same ferociousness as the present oil wars with the same resulting misery and carnage.
Apart from the resulting misery and carnage that will follow from the privatisation of water, privatisation of water is wrong per se.
The following is the simplest explanation of why privatisation is wrong that I have seen and is taken from artman
“What champions of privatisation want to do is take all the assets of government and give them to private corporations to run at a profit. For example, if my local municipality has spent 100 years putting together a water supply for my community, something we paid for and we own, these fellas want to give it to some guy so he can make a profit from selling me water. Sometimes the new owner is asked to make a modest investment in his new business, but seldom does that entry fee represent anything like the value of the assets that have been privatised into his care.
Formerly, water – clean, healthy water was practically a right. It didn’t matter who I was. Turn on the tap and water flows. If it didn’t, there was hell to pay and we could vote the water commissioners, councilmen, or whoever was responsible out of office and even demand that they be heavily fined or jailed for betraying a public trust.
Once privatised, what was our water isn’t anymore. It is a product. If it becomes more profitable to do something else with it than sell it to us at whatever rate the market will bear, then we’d better get used to not having any water.
But above and beyond this kind of shell game, one of the worst things these champions of privatisation do is set up the public utility to fail, purposefully to demonstrate to us all that the public body can’t do the job properly.”
But you and I know, that’s capitalism, greed and profit the mainstay of everything, people away down the priority list. A brutal system of winner take all and to hell with the hindmost. When will we ever learn.