Our world is outsourced and who cares if benefits few and far between?

The Western world is now infested with privatisation as the supposed ideal of society. In reality, the opposite is true.

Take the recent report by the US-based Project on Government Oversight:

  • Federal government employees were less expensive than contractors in 33 of the 35 occupational classifications POGO reviewed.
  • In one instance, contractor billing rates were nearly 5 times more than the full compensation paid to federal employees performing comparable services.
  • Private sector compensation was lower than contractor billing rates in all 35 occupational classifications we reviewed.
  • The federal government has failed to determine how much money it saves or wastes by outsourcing, insourcing, or retaining services, and has no system for doing so.

One of the dirtiest forms of this ideology is in the military sphere and mercenaries.

This fascinating story on the magazine Soldiers of Fortune highlights the dark side of the industry (er, not that there’s really a positive side):

Since the mid-to-late 1970s era of promoting mercenary work in African bush wars,… Soldier of Fortune… has distributed what CBS’ “60 Minutes” called a “political warfare journal,” published classified ads that resulted in no fewer than five murders-for-hire on American soil, and helped to equip paramilitary border vigilantes who terrorized Latino immigrants.… 

Conservative media sites lauded Brown last year on the 35th anniversary of… Soldier of Fortune. “Certainly the magazine has drawn its share of controversy,” Newsmax gushed:

“It has consistently outraged the left by publishing Rhodesian Army recruiting posters, to offering $25,000 in gold to a defector from Cuban intelligence, to a $1,000,000 reward for the defection of a Nicaraguan MI-24 helicopter. All the while training the Contras and Salvadorian army.”

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