Originally Posted by patteeu
I doubt seriously that BEP is enough of a libertarian purist that she doesn't acknowledge that there is a place for some level of public infrastructure. But even if she is, a tiny minority of conservative dissenters doesn't invalidate my point.
I was not making a case for, nor do I have the desire to revert back our public roads to private hands because it would not work as well in reverse. Although I would not disallow any being built newly along with public roads. There are some private roads even today. My point was that private roads were once built and were paid for by businessmen, so they could get traffic to their businesses. This did happen and it benefited the public at large too. Things just develop differently, so it's not impossible. I mean all TV was free once too.
But let's face it, our interstate highway system was built for the military originally.