Has anyone else noticed the banner at the top of the page on Wikipedia?
And does anyone know why I care enough to spend the time to write about it?
Wikipedia is one of the world’s most popular websites, being ranked by Alexa as #6. That’s a lot of traffic being driven to the site. And we all know that websites cost money to operate. They do run on hardware—hardware that needs to be stored, cooled, maintained, etc. And then there are all the people who need to work to run the actual site. It can get expensive. Wikipedia has to get its money from somewhere, so how does it do it? Continue reading →
In a recent post about a criticism of the privatization of roads, I received a number of comments by “emilchoski.” Welcome to the site, Emil, and instead of answering in the comments section, I figured I would write an entire post to go through each point since the critiques brought up are typical and I want to reach a more general audience as opposed to just Emil.
Roads are not like other products. Roads are like oil. When gas prices go up, the whole economy suffers. Similarly, if a highway owner decided to raise prices, the whole community relying on that road would suffer, and really would have no recourse other than fly helicopters to work, or more likely suffer the cost.
Should gas prices or the oil industry as a whole be socialized as the roads are? Food prices can have the same effects as well. Should the food industry be socialized? Continue reading →
When I was a sophomore in college, we as engineering students had to take a seminar class that met once a week that featured speakers from various industries. The point of this class was to have these guest speakers give us a taste of what the working world would be like once we graduated college. There were several alumni who came back to give talks, but there was one speaker who sticks out the most in my memory—and he wasn’t even an engineer.
An author by the name of Scott Berkun came to speak about his book titled The Myths of Innovation. He was offering free copies of his book if you answered one of his questions. Almost no one raised his or her hand, but he was able to twist our arms enough to pass out all of his books. No, I wasn’t one of the students intelligent enough to take advantage of getting a free book. His presentation stuck out to me and I eventually purchased the book. Continue reading →
I’d say that most people who are paying attention, even staunch statists, accept that government is inefficient. I’ve heard people say, “Sure, it is inefficient, but it is a necessary evil”. In response to Rollo’s most recent article I heard, “The market would probably be more efficient creating roads, and certainly long distance roads, but the government needs to protect public access”. I’ve even heard, “My dad was in business, and he said big business is inefficient too. The government is just like another big business.”. When Henry Waxman (D-CA) recently blamed the private sector for the Obama/Robertscare website’s failures, it sounded as if he was trying to say, “Hey, the government wasn’t the incompetent one this time, it was the private sector”. I also heard Barry Schoch (I’m not sure what political party he associates with, but he was appointed by the Republican governor), the Transportation Secretary in Pennsylvania, on the radio today try to reassure Pennsylvanians that even though there will be an increase in gas tax, the private sector will be involved with the infrastructure projects. Continue reading →
If you’ve truly accepted the principles of libertarianism, you’re interested in privatizing everything. In your conversations with people about privatization, you’ll inevitably end up talking about everyone’s favorite topic—roads. Although many people believe this to signify “checkmate,” all you need to imagine a system of private roads free from the influences of government is a little bit of imagination and creativity.
This doesn’t stop people from using one of the worst arguments in favor of state roads that I’ve ever heard. It’s almost guaranteed to come up. And it’s so frustrating.
“What if the owners of roads decide they don’t want anyone to use them?” Continue reading →
It’s election time, albeit and off year. Many Republicans will be heading to the booth to vote for the lesser of 2 evils. Neither party quite does it for them, but republicans are slightly better. Maybe.
There’s no shortage of people out there who say that Healthcare is a right. Have you ever asked those who believe it is right to either define a right or explain how healthcare is a right? I have never heard a good explanation and typically the answer is “because I think everyone should have the same healthcare regardless of how much money they have”. I usually then ask what of our other rights cost money and that question is typically ignored and I’m told I am greedy or I hate Continue reading →