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Toll Roads and Double Taxation: The Left and Libertarians Converge

OldMexicanblog Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 9:56 AM
Re: None1257, -- Do Libertarians support a toll road that is run fully or partially by the government, or do they only support toll roads that are run by a private company? -- I can't speak for all libertarians, but I support totally private roads. Economist Walter Block makes a compelling case for them. As a matter of fact, most roads in the U.S. were privately built and owned during the first 150 years of her existence until the government started to use them as jobs-and-votes generation machines. There may be libertarians that will say that toll roads, if used as an alternative to the public - and congested - roads, are better than nothing; but that does not mean they support public-private partnerships as a matter of principle.
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 1:43 PM
Exactly right. One cannot be a libertarian and support taxation by force.

Toll roads are appealing to many on the right, because the fees don't look like taxes; motorists are charged for the voluntary action of driving on a specific road. Toll roads appear to be run by private entities, not the government. Also known as turnpikes, they are becoming an increasingly popular way to raise money to build roads, instead of increasing gas taxes which have traditionally paid for highways. Gas tax revenues only have about one-third the buying power they did a decade ago, insufficient to build new roads or maintain existing ones. There are now 5,244 miles of toll roads...