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Anarcho-Roads: Traffic Lights vs No Traffic Lights (Amazing Video)

This comes from Karen De Coster at lewrockwell.com -

This is an interesting video of an intersection (a) in Auckland during a power outage with no traffic lights and (b) the next day, after the traffic lights were restored. Note the smooth flow of traffic during a power outage and the resulting spontaneous order, as compared to the traffic backups with the lights working. No doubt that the government knows how to muck up and/or bring traffic to a halt.

This caught my eye because I experience this often going to/from work. I take one surface road from my home to downtown, and things being the way they are in Detroit, when storms knock out traffic lights, it is typically at least one week before they get fixed. In the spontaneous order that results, I blaze through the lights much quicker, and my commuting time is always shortened.

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The first traffic light was installed in front of Parliament

Which then exploded and killed the operator.

That was a premonition if I have ever heard one.

Traffic Cops = Revenue Generators

I was having thoughts along this line when I saw the county sheriff in our very tiny four corners town this morning. The sheriff or the state police years ago used to regularly hang out in an abandoned parking lot for a speed trap in this 25 mile per hour zone. Then for years they gave this up. They have only this summer started coming back again. When I saw them this morning I just thought "We do NOT need you here!" While they were gone, people may have more often gone up to 35 miles per hour or so, but no one blasted through town, everyone that I saw always slowed down from the 55 MPH zone, and no one was hurt or killed. They are generating revenue for themselves and harassing us, nothing else.

Reminds me of India

India is expected to drop its poverty rate to 5% thanks to the free market. Also patents aren't enforced there however you always know when something is original because they have watermarks, etc.

"Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear." - Benjamin Franklin

Pretty interesting article on this several years ago


Several cities in Europe saw better traffic flow and fewer accidents when doing away with signs. It's mostly chalked up to greater individual accountability being required of the drivers.

love these videos

drives statist nuts.

Roundabouts are the most

suppressed commodity ever.

It really depends on the situation

In some places, traffic lights do help with traffic flow. In others, such as the example in this article, they make things worse. It's a case-by-case thing.

Also, traffic lights are not tyranny (although they are inefficient and unnecessary at times). We want freedom, not chaos.

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Traffic lights are tyranny

Its enforceable by law...meaning that government will punish you for not obeying them, sometimes that punishment can be violent. You are assuming there would be "chaos" without city traffic lights. I for one, think people would figure out how to drive safely regardless.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Would you describe a situation

where traffic lights help with traffic flow?