The real aim of a Public Works is to improve the standard of living of a society. It is the State meeting the needs of the public. The Romans were
great at providing for their public with Public Works. The Romans did things like build public baths and arenas for entertainment. There are many
great Public Works throughout history. There is the Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, Americas Interstate Highway System,The Golden Gate Bridge,The Sydney
Harbour Bridge,The Panama Canal,The Autobarn in Germany,
....as well as bad
examples like every housing project in the US, Three Gorges Dam, and Hwangkang Dam in North Korea. Many things that the
government does for the public good have tragic results. For instance: war, ethnic cleansing, housing projects, monetary inflation, forced housing,
and much more have been used for the perceived good of the public. The fact is, the leaders we have entrusted are incompetent.
For example,solar power seems like its anywhere from $15000 to $30000 to convert your home. If the government was doing these things for cost im sure
we could get the cost down under $10000 easily.
The government cannot provide services cheaper than free marketplaces and competing ideas and methods.
Now if every Home Owner is a customer you can get the cost down again through sheer volume.Now the cost to covert is under $5000.
What?! SUPPLY AND DEMAND
If the demand for solar power was artificially set high, the price would skyrocket and private investment into solar panel production would also
skyrocket due to the higher prices. Even with this, I don't think we could make panels fast enough.
Then, as people complain about the high prices, the government will either subsidize the high cost, or force the cost down through price controls. If
the price is subsidized, the cost will continue to go up (for a good example of this, look at the cost of university 'education'), which will, at
this scale, cripple our money and collapse the economy. If there are price controls, the production will cease because there is no profit in solar
The Governments are run by corporatists that want to privatize every public park and road.
I agree with the first part of this sentence but the second needs a tweak. The political class (corporatists, politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists,
etc) wants to privatize the benefits
of parks and roads while keeping the responsibility to maintain public.
Public Works were used in the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed and to raise the standard of living for the poor.
Yet did not end the depression.
The profits would go back to the State and the people.
Any profits made from nationalized services would go to the state and its masters.... any of that money given to the people would be a form of bribery
such that we wouldn't revolt. Countries like Qatar do this today, where they set up a system where all of the citizens are wealthy and all the work
is done by indentured servants from abroad.
Hitler thought up the idea of a peoples car when he ordered them to make the VW. The Volkswagen was a Public Works of sorts.
A broken clock is right twice a day.
Public utilities should always remain in public hands.
'Public' utilities are int he hands of the state, not the people. I live in the US. The government that I have to deal with is not in my control and
it does not represent me. I do not vote, and I only participate in taxation because they got the guns.
Here is my 'Public Works' idea.
Remove the barriers to teaching our children. There should be two and only two criteria for being a school teacher.
1. Background check. The schools naturally want to hire lawful and moral teachers and they will do all in their power to do so.
2. To be hired as a teacher, the person should be proficient in teaching the subject for which they were hired.
What does this mean? Anyone who can effectively teach, can if they so choose. A high school student can teach younger kids part time. An elderly
retired journalist can teach English. You could have volunteer teachers who donate their effective teaching skills in the inner city. Teaching will be
a competitive again and professionals will be jockeying to teach all the kids. Accreditation will be a function of effect and not a barrier that the
status quo can hide behind.
Imagine if all the youth were educated. Wouldn't that make the best public good.