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Libertarians (And Fiscal Conservatives) Should Oppose Road Socialism

David238 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 10:58 AM
I agree with the overall sentiment of this article, but tolls are not the way to go. A much more efficient solution is available. Instead of paying tolls by stopping at toll booths we should pay the toll at the gas pump. The toll paid at the pump goes into a big fund and this fund is divided among the owners of the roads. Sensors in the roads determine the car volume and how much each road owner is paid.
arpiem Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 9:32 PM
Gas is taxed by the gallon. The more you buy the more you're taxed. What's so hard to understand about that?
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 12:31 PM
And if you get really good mileage? Or, like me, you make your own fuel? Or you don't use the purchased fuel for road travel?
Curtis108 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 3:32 PM
Drive an all-electric car? Drive a diesel, and we try to capture the proper amount of tax for the damage done by semis? Why should we force any business to be a tax collector for the government?

Libertarians and transport economists for decades have advocated tolling as an alternative to fuel taxes, which have always been a poor proxy for charging users and have since become obsolete. That’s why it was so disheartening to read Rachel Alexander’s recent Townhall article “Toll Roads and Double Taxation: The Left and Libertarians Converge.” Instead of bringing greater market discipline to road funding, Alexander pushes the view that perpetuating certain government subsidies is consistent with libertarian principles.

This argument is based on a faulty premise. Instead of asking, “How should we pay for roads?” we...