[ExI] Americans are poor drivers

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 05:34:56 UTC 2009

2009/7/12 Mirco Romanato <painlord2k at libero.it>:

> Obviously nothing, if they really want this.
> The problems arises when they have no option about it.
> In the example of city street privately owned, there are limits to how
> much the owners of the street could charge to use the street.
> First, people could choose to limit as much as possible the use of
> street owned by the greedy capitalist. This would imply that the greedy
> capitalist would have the same costs but less revenues.
> Second, people could leave the city and go doing their business in
> another place, where there are less greedy capitalists owning streets.
> This would leave the greedy capitalist owner of the streets without
> clients and with fixed costs.
> Third, the people could retaliate against the greedy capitalist and
> prevent him and his minions from using any and all building facing to
> his streets. No shopping, not eating, no hospital, etc.
> In between they could build a second network of streets underground or
> overground. Then we could discuss how much the ownership of a road give
> right over the underground and the overground.

Or they could decide not to sell the streets to private individuals.
Through experience, people have decided that some things, like
restaurants, are best run privately, and other things, like law
enforcement and education, are best run collectively. It's OK to try
to argue that your particular way of running things works better, as
long as people are free to choose, preferably on the basis of evidence
from past experience or observation of alternative systems around the
world. Ultimately, if people make the wrong choice their country will
fall further and further behind, and it will become more and more
obvious that they have made the wrong choice..

Stathis Papaioannou

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