Anyone with very little power who says they want the government to run like a business is probably saying they hate bureaucracy. Often for perfectly understandable reasons. Bureaucracies are like prosthetic limbs for society in the sense that they are answers by the government to questions brought about by a large government. They have to be fashioned top-down and imposed on society. Even a bureaucracy handing out goods and services generally feels domineering and arbitrary. Civil servants, in situ, outrank you. They are usually maddeningly rigid and dull.

The end game of monopoly capitalism is to own the organs of government, essentially using a host/parasite model. First by owning the votes of our representatives and secondly by breaking up service bureaucracies (under the guise of correcting wastefulness). The business of privatizing military support, prisons, schools, the post office, etc. Is simply monopoly capitalists guaranteeing themselves riches and power by becoming an unavoidable tax-funded state institution. In succeeding, they also become answerable to neither customers nor voters. Their lockdown on power is ordered and maintained by their subsidiary political machine. Representative government ends.

Anyone with a lot of power who says the same means that he would like some part of our government turned over to him and his cronies. Rich people who say they hate government mean that they hate REPRESENTATIVE government: That they hate any power that doesn’t channel more money to the rich. That’s why rich people are so interested in alternative schools and prisons and military support services. Taking over a piece of the government is a non-competitive gravy train.

It’s sort of like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Augustus Gloop will never accept the phrase: “That’s enough for you.”