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The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors Paperback – 2009
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In his latest book, Dr. Block calls for a complete rehashing of our current socialist (and in some places fascist) roads, highways, alleyways, driveways, sidewalks, etc. To put a name to it, he suggests that the whole thing be privatized and subject to the demands and competition of consumers just like any other [rational] industry. For those who are not yet familiar with Dr. Walter Block, you will note the rigorous approach with which he applies libertarian theory to all aspects in society, seemingly having been passed the torch from Murray Rothbard. Never is libertarianism more fun than when presented by Walter Block, he offers a die-hard strict libertarian approach to all issues and highlights the inconsistency and hypocrisy that is central to the critics of liberty, all the while providing several good laughs along the way.
After the initial three chapters, which, as a casual reader, were very lengthy and detailed and somewhat difficult to follow for a layman, the stage is set and a most important case made: privatize the roads!Read more ›
-the cloth used for the hardcover on this new book (2006) already looks old and weather-beaten
-my copy literally had a curved spine with the cloth improperly attached (immediately visible to any bibliophile or even non-bibliophile)
-the images on the front and back cover are distorted/pixelated
-the images on the front of the book look to be taken from an early-nineties clip art collection
-the actual innards of the book are of low-quality paper
-the MS Word-esque layout and formatting of the text reminds one of early print-on-demand books, with text that is too small and with too much spacing
This book is chock-full of amazing, fascinating content, but brace yourself for disappointment at the shoddy job by the printer/bindery on this book that is going for over $100 as I write this. I recommend this book to those interested in the subject matter, but others may want to spend their time praying for a second edition whose binding quality matches the quality of the content within.
Read this book and you will understand what I am saying.
This book will challenge the typical free market supporter; if you are such a person, read this book and learn if you really support free market principles in almost all cases, or if your faith is less strong. Then, if you do, consider anarchocapitalism - Dr. Block's political philosophy. He accused Milton Friedman of being a "road socialist", and Friedman admitted he didn't believe the free market could provide such a public good. Block references the history of successful private roads, but even with this proof it is controversial still.
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Don't be a Road Socialist - read this book and learn the power of free markets! Walter Block is a legend and all of his books destroy the theory of Socialism.Published on December 31, 2013 by Jason
In a world where road costs are paid for by citizens and controlled by a government unaccountable to those citizens, then the idea of privatizing the roadways makes sense. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Midnight
This is exactly what the British are planning to do with some of their transportation networks right now. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by FreedomIsLife
Block makes some very interesting and compelling arguments for the privatization of transportation, specifically roadway networks. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by jordanrh0918