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What if the road owner doesn't give you access to the roads? The revisited Chris Christie Edition

I’m sorry, but I’m smiling about this Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal. I’m smiling because one of the most loved reasons to reject private ownership of roads is the chance that an owner may not give you access to his road for some reason, maybe because he doesn’t like you. 84 more words


What if the owners of roads decide they don’t want anyone to use them?

If you’ve truly accepted the principles of libertarianism, you’re interested in privatizing everything.  In your conversations with people about privatization, you’ll inevitably end up talking about everyone’s favorite topic—roads.  329 more words


But who will build the websites?

Mention the possibility of doing away with government and the cries go out — but who will build the roads? My reply from now on will be, “Have you seen them try and build a website?” 695 more words

Knowing vs. Thinking

Often, after someone hears of anarchocapitalism, all sorts of objections on practical grounds are raised. How would the roads be built? How would private defense… 493 more words


Government Roads, Part 2

No, actually, roads do not require central planning, even for optimization. The road system in England began as an entirely private system, set up by the merchants to move property. 87 more words


Government Roads

Why does everyone always use the road argument when they talk about the worth of government? As in, we need government to make the roads. I remember even President Obama mentioned it in his “You Didn’t Build That” speech. 85 more words


Republican Congressman Attacks Private Toll Road, Calls for Public Ownership

In an e-mail to me today, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has called upon the state of Virginia to buy a private toll road in Loudoun County, the Dulles Greenway: 465 more words