So this is far more fundamental. The US privatized utilities, highways, education, prisons. The problem is that when you create a profit motive for what are essential services, you create conflict. The prison population has skyrocketed because there is a profit motive and then a lobby to create the three strikes rule to increase prison population.
Utility infrastructure has crumbled because utilities need to pay shareholders instead of putting money back into infrastructure. Highways have been privatized to generate more money. There are essential services that should never be privatized because they should not be run as a revenue generating model, but as an essential service.