Roads, Bridges, Sunlight and Private Property Rights
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, Vol. 7, Nos. 2/3, pp. 351-362, June/September 1996
12 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 21, 2011
Suppose there to be a system of private roads and highways. Suppose, further, that a single firm were to own a highway stretching from Boston to Los Angeles. One objection to such a state of affairs is that it would effectively cut off the northern and southern parts of the United States from one another, something that even the Civil War was unable to accomplish.
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