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Privatize It: Roads

This post is sort of directed to my best customer who has asked about this but it’s a question that libertarians get a lot: What about roads? People seem to take it for granted that only government can provide roads but this is not the case.  John Stossel has compiled some evidence to that effect. 

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  1. W. Knowlton
    September 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    It is interesting that two of these videos are precluded by commercials for Mercedes which stop for other cars without the driver effecting the stop. Removing traffic signals requires individuals to pay attention and be efficient, but what about putting that control into technology, such as these more intelligent vehicles?

  2. Free Radical
    September 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Ha, yeah I didn’t notice that. That seems like it has the potential to be far worse than a stop sign. I wouldn’t trust it. If it ever got to the point where people did trust it, it would probably be pretty bad but as a fail-safe, it’s probably not doing any harm.

  3. W. Knowlton
    September 9, 2010 at 2:25 am

    So if we were to at some point come up with technology that would enable us to have self-directed vehicles, what of that? This was briefly mentioned in the second zeitgeist actually and I do find it an interesting idea. If we could have vehicles that were programmed to get from point to point without requiring human direction, it could be beneficial; we could increase our time efficiency by doing other things during travel. But how might this come into play with private roads?

  4. Free Radical
    September 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You would actually need private roads for this to make sense. If roads were private, then the owners could decide whether or not to utilize/allow such technology on their roads and users could decide whether they felt comfortable on roads that used/allowed it and the market would take care of everything. With public roads we would have to choose one solution for everyone, we would be constantly bickering about it and if you thought that they were dangerous and didn’t want to share the road with them then you would be out of luck if you were in the minority.

    • January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      A really good answer, full of ratainiloty!

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