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Man builds private toll road on own land, drivers pay £2 to use it .

From the UK.

Who will build the roads?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transpo...

An entrepreneur has gambled his home on building a toll road after becoming frustrated at council delays in clearing a commuter route blocked by a landslip.

Mike Watts is charging motorists £2 per journey to use his bypass made from rolled chippings and avoid the closed section of the A431 between Bath and Bristol.

...The route, which opened on Friday, is believed to be the first privately-run toll road built in more than 100 years.

This is awesome. It seems this man saw a market opportunity too good to pass up. A local road had been blocked for some time by a landslip and the state, in all its glory, has fallen down on the job of repairing it. What does an individual do? He answers the demand for a cheap shortcut as opposed to the 14 mile de-tour the state had recommended.
Quite a bit of his personal funds went in to the project (£150,000) but he feels it will pay off if regular traffic begins flowing on it. Hopefully we see more people in all countries open up travel on their property, free of state regulation.

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Without government

"but who will build the roads"... ha ha ha ha

What would we do without the govt. to provide these services?

The answer to why government is not needed - Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of you name it - private industry can do it better, cheaper, more fairly, etc. But, they have a lot of folks convinced govt. is needed and good for you.

I dream about building a

I dream about building a private autobahn all the time, but the problem is you need ease-ways on several or even hundreds of properties if you're talking about a road of any size. Even if you get 99 out of 100 people to give you the rights, there's no road until you get that 100th, and you know if that person knows they're the last person, they can charge you whatever they want.

Only a government has the power to coerce a hundred properties into giving up the right of way for an improvement like a highway, because they have the ability to start construction whether or not they've gotten the approval of every landowner. As long as they make a reasonable offer for the property, that's it, it's over. You have no right of refusal.

I'm not saying it can't be done, and Lord knows I'd like to see private roads come about, but it seems pretty difficult if not impossible for individuals from the outset.

Look up how turnpikes were

Look up how turnpikes were started and how much better they were than government-provided roads at that time.

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Murray can help you...

Chapter 11: The Public Sector, II: Streets and Roads
Protecting the Streets....
http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp#p201

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

You do realize that the same type of argument

can be used to justify welfare? Only a government has the power to coerce millions of people to give up their money in order to feed all the poor.

Anyways, the argument you bring up has been debunked many times in the literature. Look it up :)

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Who will take care of the roads ???

PEOPLE LIKE THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

entrepreneurs my good people,you want to make some cash here is how to do it.

See a need fill a need ( bigweld )

Unless the government says you can't do that or "its ok we got this" and we don't need people to start doing it so other people can see how bad we are really doing it then not let us do it anymore and we lose control and OMG the government lose control

I'm having a CrAzY DaY !!!!

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So how much for the interstate highway system?

Maybe I can get some investors together...from China.

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The Great Smudge Pot

You can not ask that question for as I pointed out your government deals with that issue and therefor you have no need to waste any of you prime time TV viewing time to even consider such a thing ...

Cause the government says I shouldn't is the best reason I should !
( insert evil laugh here )

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Don't Give me Liberty, I'll get up and get it myself!