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    In These Times | S di Tito/P Vecchio

    Portrait of Machiavelli
    In the last 35 years many democratic countries have seen the introduction of legislation and policies resulting in: - The privatization of basic services and publicly owned resources; - The elimination of policies and benefits in support of the poorest part of the population; - Forms of deregulation that have allowed many companies - including big polluters and financial firms that have made themselves "too big to fail" - to exploit public resources and to impose costs and risks on society (this is the so-called "privatization of profits and socialization of costs"); - Fiscal mechanisms that effectively reduce the tax burdens on the super-rich and on corporations; - The limitation of people's ability to protest against unfair social, economic and labor conditions.
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