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"When everybody owns something..."

"When everybody owns something, nobody owns it, and nobody has a direct interest in maintaining or improving its condition. That is why buildings in the Soviet Union -- like public housing in the United States -- look decrepit within a year or two of their construction..."
- Milton Friedman

Or if that doesn't hit home:

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

"Those who own the road..." Just who owns the roads? The public? I've never been given an opportunity to set rules for road use. Have you?

In a system where property rights were respected, road construction, maintenance, and safety, in my opinion, would be far superior than any road owned by "the public."

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!