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Firefighters Watch House Burn

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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2010

If your house catches on fire in America, the assumption is that you can call 911, and the fire department will come, because these are government services that your tax payer dollars automatically go towards, no options. But not for one Tennessee family who had the option to pay for the service and never paid the fee, so when their house was burning the fire department stood by and watched. What does it means for Americans to pick and choose, and for public services, to become private. Mike Elk labor journalist and contributing editor for In These Times says firefighter services are a public good rather than having to pay for fees. Katherine Mangu-Ward, Senior editor of Reason magazine and Reason.com argues people should be able to pick and choice what services they want.

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