The Warm Glow of Privatization

In Obion County, Tennessee—where, since 1990, the fire department servicing rural residences has been subscription-based—homeowner Gene Cranick and his family got to watch their house burn down last week, because they hadn't paid the $75 subscription before the fire started.

I'm sure the firefighters on scene who refused to put out the fire really wanted to help, but they couldn't escape the powerful grip of the invisible hand of the market.

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