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Libertarians (And Fiscal Conservatives) Should Oppose Road Socialism

goldilocks Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 9:43 AM
As I am a moderate libertarian, don't tell me what I should oppose! I can decide for myslef what I should oppose.

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...