Our version of capitalism is something that the narcissistic writer, Ayn Rand, would adore. But in a headlong rush to hyper individualism, have we chosen freedom of the individual over survival of our species?
If you want a lesson in how not to deliver health care, look at the broken American health care system. We met up with Dr. Bob Gill to get the low down on the core issues which are driving one of the world’s leading free at the point of delivery healthcare systems into the hands of corporate profiteers.
Neoliberalism is sold to the public as a simple package that’s easy to understand, in the capable hands of professional politicians and economists. But what lies beneath this pernicious economic idea that is responsible for almost all the chaos we see around the world?
NHS was established on the basis that there should be free medical care to the entire population. Back in 1948, it was the first such scheme in any Western country, funded by the taxpayer and from no other source. But now the NHS is a euphemism for privatisation, cuts to services and the retrenchment of benefits. So what has happened?
Privatising British Railways was meant to bring innovation, efficiency, competition and therefore lower fares but the reality, well it’s been very different. The former British Prime Minister and devout neo liberal Margaret Thatcher was in favour of mass privatisation but even she claimed that privatising the British Rail System was ‘a privatisation too far’ but this didn’t stop her successors. So on this program we ask. Was the neoliberal dream of rail privatisation actually the great British train robbery?