Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pothole Vigilantism

But, but, without taxes and government, who would fill the potholes!

Bob Fitzgerald got so frustrated and fed up with potholes in his neighborhood, that he decided to fix them himself.

Using the creation and maintenance of roads to illustrate the importance of a central government is the easiest way to annoy many libertarians. Historically, of course, many roads have been built by private businesses. In the 19th century, for example, there were more than 80 such turnpikes built-in just the state of New Hampshire.

Additionally, many people are unaware of how frequently voluntary exchange gives rise to free services. When libertarian writer Tracey Zoeller decided to look for examples of private goods that were freely available to the public, he was able to find a free private street, park, and museum all minutes away from his home.

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Where I live, the potholes are numerous, some going unrepaired for months or even years. There is even one that I have to dodge every morning on my way to work, as it sits right at the turn onto the on-ramp to the freeway I take. I have to make a very odd path to go around it, and if I forget one morning, well, you know what happens when you hit a pothole with one of your tires. Aren't government roads just grand?

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