posted on May, 19 2006 @ 11:37 PM
So now we come to the issue of the road system. Well first off, every road in a libertarian society would be privately owned. Since the road
businesses would be subject to the profit-loss system of the free market, service and cost would undoubtedly greatly improve. This is because if the
road companies could not provide adequate solutions to such problems as traffic, safety, pollution, or construction, they would lose their customer
base. Commuters would find different ways to reach their destinations and the road business would lose money. The government however does not have to
worry about this because they can be as inefficient as they want without losing their customers because they have a constant source of income through
our tax money.
How in the world would we pay to use the roads though!? Well this problem would easily be solved in the free market just as many others like it have
before. However some ideas of a payment system might include toll booths on major highways, stickers that can be purchased and read by electronic
monitors to record fees, or maybe the homeowners and businesses located on the roads would have to pay monthly fees. Whatever the solution, it would
probably be much cheaper than what we have to pay now in taxes.
Private Security, Self-Defense, and the Law
One of the areas of libertarianism that is the hardest for people to grasp is the idea of private security forces. However I believe that this is one
of the areas of society that is most in need of privatization because innocent lives are at stake and we cannot afford to not have the best protection
available. First of all, lets discuss self-defense. In a free society, everyone would have the right to defend themselves and their property from
force or invasion up to the point that they don't become aggressors themselves. Everyone in a free society would have the right to own a gun or any
other weapon for their defense. However this is not the limit to the protection that would be provided by the free market in a libertarian
Private security forces would arise in order for people to pay for protection. The only "law" they would have to worry about enforcing would be the
non-aggression axiom. They might come in the form of insurance agencies or just regular businesses, but the point is that people would be able to pay
for the degree of protection they want. If someone wanted to just rely on themselves for defense, they would be free to do it. The service would be
more efficient and cheaper than our current policeforces as well because they would be a part of the free market where serving the customer is key.
The businesses that owned the private roads would most likely hire their own security forces to make the roads and sidewalks safe for everyone so that
businesses would have more incentive to locate next to them. This would drastically reduce "street" crime such as muggings, rapes, kidnaps, etc
Private investigation would also be much more efficient because they would have to be if they wanted to make a profit. The police forces now do not
have to worry about this because they receive their payment through coercive taxes.
Wouldn't warlords or private armies arise if security was privatized? This is one of the most common questions brought up in libertarian debate.
The answer to this question is that it is possible but highly unlikely. First of all, one has to remember that the source of these businesses income
would be from voluntary payments, and war would be very bad for business. If a company decided to try and "conquer" another company or group of
people, they would soon find their source of income and power running out very quickly. Also, I would like to believe that as Americans we would
fight to protect our property and homes so that a well armed militia and society would keep a warlord in check just in case they did arise for
whatever unlikely reason.