Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]
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> Infrastructure != education. Those are two
> completely different things.
I disagree only because the same argument is used to support both
efforts by "government": That without government doing it "for the
good of all", there would be people who would not do it and therefore
everyone would suffer.
It's the same argument used for every governmental program. Even the
military is justified by saying that without the ability to maintain
a standing military, if the time came for action there would be
insufficient time/money/whatever to do the needed thing.
Not even *roads* are mentioned in the Constitution, beyond simple
post roads to support the post office. Now why wouldn't such an
important infrastructure be mentioned? Because private turnpikes
were doing a very good job already. Jefferson mentions cutting
several days off his commute between Montecello(sp?) and
Philadelphia when he chose to take a new private road, and that was
just after the Declaration of Independence.
I really suggest _The Voluntary City_, ISBN 4-472-08837-8
Chapter 4 goes into how the turnpikes functioned. This isn't pie-eyed
Libertarianism, this is historical fact.
September 11th, 2001
The proudest day for gun control and central
planning advocates in American history
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