Bread for the World: Oregon
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Public vs Private Investment

  • Key to doing a better job meeting long term needs is broadening our understanding of the concept of investment,,, 

    1) Private investment (Individual initiative) Investments yielding relatively short run gains to individual investors who meet consumer demand. Traditional profit motive provides great efficiency. 

    2) Public investment (goal: assure opportunity to all) Investments whose benefits are spread out over a longer time or to many people (education, defense). 

    • Funding collectively pooled together. 
    • Requires a governmental authority answerable to its own people. 

     Public and private investment can no longer be viewed as a tradeoff. They each feed of each other and can create a spiral of growth and development. When they are viewed as contradictory, society faces the threat of stagnation.
    A basic problem is that we have these ideologies out there which celebrate the one and want to choke off the other. A successful society must achieve a working balance.