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Plans to privatize the JEA obviously are of interest to residents of Jacksonville but why are they news in a publication written for socialists around the world?

A story about JEA appeared in the World Socialist Web site this week. The site is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International, which in turn is aligned with the Socialist Equality Party.

The site, as you might expect, bashes President Trump, America and capitalism. It is filled with stories about “worker struggles” and “social injustice.”

But is also has differences with other socialists. It attacks Democratic Socialists, although its differences with that group of social warriors is unclear. In addition, it apparently has some kind of beef with the ultra-liberal New York Times.

The story on JEA identifies Mayor Lenny Curry in its lead as a “millionaire businessman” to establish that it is all about money and greed.

It describes the plan and downtown development plans as schemes that would benefit only politicians, businessmen and wealthy people, all of whom would benefit from “bribes and kickbacks.”

This is all pretty standard stuff and it really isn’t surprising that a plan to turn a government operation over to a private company would antagonize socialists.

They would much prefer that all private companies seeking profits be seized by the government and milked dry for the benefit of the collective.

Sadly, far too many uneducated Americans today would agree.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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