Jeremy Mohler & Donald Cohen

Jeremy Mohler performs strategic communications for In the Public Interest, a national research and policy center on the privatization of public goods and responsible contracting. Donald Cohen is founder and executive director of In the Public Interest, and a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families.


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The Incoming Privatization Assault

Get ready for everything from private infrastructure and private prisons to voucherized schools and Medicaid.

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This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . In The Art of the Deal , Donald Trump wrote about perhaps his first deal ever, made with his younger brother, Robert: “One day we were in the playroom of our house, building with blocks. I wanted to build a very tall building, but it turned out that I didn’t have enough blocks. I asked Robert if I could borrow some of his, and he said, ‘Okay, but you have to give them back when you’re done.’ I ended up using all of my blocks, and then all of his, and when I was done, I’d created a beautiful building. I liked it so much that I glued the whole thing together. And that was the end of Robert’s blocks.” According to President Trump, Robert, now 67, likes to tell the “blocks” story because it revealed to him where Donald was headed. Now, we know where Donald was headed—to the White House, which comes with a much larger playroom,...