Privatising a public good or service means “commodifying” it and entrusting its management to private interests on the pretext that this will be more efficient.
But efficient for whom? It is clear that over several decades, these privatisations have mainly caused social exclusion and destruction of the ecosystems.
To avoid infringements of fundamental rights, it is crucial to move beyond putting the ideology of privatisation on a pedestal: to guarantee equal access to food, water, housing, health, and education, it is vital to protect these commons, beyond the reach of the market.
Their management must be as participatory as possible, within the framework of democratic governance.
Placing public interests at the heart of public policies begins with the collective management of common goods, prioritising and protecting fundamental rights.