One of the remarkable aspects of the so called “public” sector is how much the public is actually kept out of its most important of decision making processes.
Money is taken via the threat or use of aggression and is then distributed over nefarious deals in notoriously smokey rooms where an eclectic minority of a few very connected people get to decide over the use of property that is supposedly “in public hands”.
The public’s so called “choice” is limited to who gets to pose as figure heads at the very top of the institutions in question every other year or even less frequently, but their choice as to whether or not they actually want to avail of or pay for the “services” supplied, and with that their ability to provide any actionable feedback that would check the behavior of high-, mid- and low-level bureaucrats, is for all practical purposes nil.
It is on rare occasions, such as getting a driver’s license, a social security card, or a business license, that we get to make an appointment a month in advance, draw a number, wait in line, and get processed by bored and often un-interested and -motivated bureaucrats who’d rather we not be there to disrupt their precious sitting time.
It is, on the contrary, in the so called “private” sector where the public at large, day after day, gets to randomly flood into shopping malls, choose between numerous goods and services, “ask for the manager”, demand and receive refunds, complain about poor service, participate in regular surveys, use up internet bandwidth, shop and communicate online, switch from one service provider to another within minutes, and gets to vote on specific goods and services with every single penny every waking second.
It is here where you get greeted by sometimes annoyingly friendly shop owners who desperately need you in their stores, who shower you with coupons, rebates, freebies, and smiles, and thank you for shopping with them, where those goods that satisfy the majority of individuals’ most urgent needs take priority over those that satisfy less urgent or ample needs in the eyes of profit-hungry entrepreneurs who are constantly on the quest for newer and better ways to cater to the public at large and where those of them who manage to satisfy said public the most get rewarded with riches upon riches.
It is here where the more the so called public sector gets involved through things like taxation, subsidies, bailouts, loans, the granting of monopoly privileges, or the granting of immunity against environmental suits, the more all of the above disappears. It is then when the organization becomes more and more hierarchical, unaccessible, seniority-driven, unresponsive, destructive and corrupt.
Thus the public/private sector dichotomy, as universally employed in global political discourse, in educational institutions, and in the mainstream media, is probably one of the greatest Orwellian feats on the part of those who seek to manipulate people’s understanding of language by cloaking that which is evil in the guise of popular, and that which is good in the guise of unpopular lingo.