Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Who's this handsome chap

I am a movie star! BTW, I am wearing a black T-shirt in the film, which means that when my arms are down by my sides it appears I have very broad shoulders. I am a large chap, but not as large as the film makes me seem! (The camera adds 10lbs, as we all know!)

My points on road ownership were vague, so I will briefly explain them: in residential areas most road users are residents, or guests of residents; in retail areas most road users are business owners, staff, or customers; in industrial areas most road users are business owners or staff. If a private company owned the roads through residential, retail or industrial areas, people are unlikely to want to buy or rent a house on that road if they think they may be trapped in their house by a road company willing to enforce trespass laws, or if they will be charged an enormous price whenever they drive to leave their drive ways. For this reason road owners, who want people to live along their roads so that they have business, will be likely to grant access rights, discount prices, or even free access. But in that case most users of roads in residential areas will have a discount or free access, most road users in retail areas will have a discount or free access, etc. This reduces the availability for profits that firms could earn for providing roads in these areas may not be great, and so their incentive to provide and maintain such roads might be harmed.

One possibility, though, is that instead resident groups own and maintain roads in their areas. One way this could be arranged is that these resident groups persuade or pay people in the neighbourhood to include in the deeds of sale of their homes an agreement to join or contribute to the association for the purposes of maintaining the roads. That way anybody who moves into the community voluntarily agrees to pay for the upkeep of the roads and other public goods. In that case roads, and so much of the land in the neighbourhood, will be collectively owned by the people who live there... much like in an anarchist communist commune. So anarchist-communist-like-arrangements will likely to occur to some extent in an "anarcho-capitalist" framework.


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