Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
On Monday, a quixotic and necessary conference kicked off at the United Nations.
Dear candidates - spare our technology, please, and do not get policy from the old tapes or old demagogues. The world is changing a lot faster than the talking points.
If war were only "itself" -- the violence and horror, the conflagration and death -- it would be bad enough, but it's also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety.
In instance after instance, privatization reduces quality and fails to save money. The cost "savings" achieved through privatization -- if any -- simply involve laying off workers (and doing less) or reducing workers' wages and benefits. One apparent case in point is the privatization of the management of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area.
It's not too late for LLNS (Bechtel and The Regents) to do the right thing by these dedicated workers. But whether or not they do, one thing's for sure. As one op -ed put it, "If ever there were a poster boy for privatization gone bad, this is it."
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