In Defense of Government
George Bush likes to talk about an ownership society in the United States, a place where more people own property, businesses and shares of stock. The president says we can get there by cutting taxes and by reducing regulation of commerce and industry. Except for the military, government is the bad guy who should get out of the way and let private enterprise flourish. But it’s the biggest owners who benefit from those policies. Wealth in America continues to concentrate at the top.
Elaine Bernard is the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. She is past president of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, Canada and she is the former director of the Labor Program at Simon Frazier University in Burnaby, B.C. She lectures and writes extensively on political, trade and labor issues.