Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Read about Fort Worth non-public libraries on CommonDreams.org.
All things public are under attack. The Fort Worth rebranding is an indication of how effective this attack has been. The city explained that it was dropping the word “public” because of its “potentially negative connotation”. The Founding Fathers would be disconsolate.
Privatization can undermine the public library’s mission: protecting the public’s access to information. The public library is a non-profit organization controlled by representatives of the users of the library. The mission of private companies is to maximize profits. They are controlled by representatives of their investors.
Would it be improper for me to mention the Fort Worth rebranding initiative was mostly paid for by a large oil drilling company?
We noticed the same thing in the FW Weekly shot of the Haltom City Library last week. And looking just a little further, we weren't shocked to see who the largest donor was.
If YOU don't do something now, YOUR kids are going to be debt ridden dumb sheep...