Saturday, December 7, 2013

A.A.A., or D.M.V. & D.O.T.?

With which agency have you had a better experience? This question came to mind reading this excerpt from that founding mother of libertarianism Rose Wilder Lane's The Discovery of Freedom:
    American Government never should have interfered with highways. Americans had created a free, mutual association, the American Automobile Association, which was dealing competently with all the new questions arising from the invention of automobiles. Private enterprise originated and built the first trans-Continental American highway; free manufacturers and car-owners would have covered this country with highways, as free Americans covered it with wagon roads. Americans wanted cars and highways; no police force was needed to take their money from them and spend it for highways. And it is injustice to the Americans who do not own cars, to compel them to pay for highways.
What other government agencies could and should be replaced by "free, mutual association"?

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