978-0-87000-100-0 / 9780870001000

Uncle Sam, the monopoly man


Publisher:Arlington House



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Review: Uncle Sam, the monopoly man Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews This book signals that growing merger between the forces of conservatism and radicalism in the face of an unwieldy bureaucratic technocracy. Wooldridge's argument is that Uncle Sam is an incompetent administrator of many of his citizens' dally affairs. He takes the traditional view that the incentives of individual competition inspire the highest human motivation. Wooldridge examines various public institutions such as the Post Office, schools, law enforcement agencies, and justice system, and he attempts to show how private endeavor in these areas has historically proved not only more efficient but more equitable as well. Where the U.S. Post Office has bungled the mails at great financial loss, he asserts, private businessmen have carried them swiftly and reliably for fun and profit. Public schools' centralized mess has failed one black drop-out after another, but the Urban League's privately endowed Street Academy caters especially to ghetto kids' needs and thereby salvages their chance for success. When the public police monopoly is negligent or abusive of its powers, the Black Panthers or the Jewish Defense League are fully entitled if not obliged to assume the responsibility of protection of their communities. Wooldridge's belief is that the consensus view of the ""public interest"" must yield to a pluralistic interest approach. The style here is often tedious if not deadly, but he argues rigorously and provides substantial documentation.

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