Friday, April 25th, 2014
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If We Ignore Our Decrepit Bridges They Will Heal On Their Own, Right?

"I would not use the word crisis. Things are a little bit more urgent than they have been in the past. I would say there is concern," says some libertarian professor of the nation's 63,000 structurally compromised bridges. So the next time the span you're crossing seems a little creaky or in bad repair, don't worry too much about it. It's probably not going to collapse and send you hurtling to the treacherous waters below. Probably.

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Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

What, are you some kind of nanny-state soshulist yurpean? This is Amurca! Rich people fly (mostly and increasingly), so collapsing bridges don't matter (except maybe in New York City, San Francisco, and a few other non-plebelands). Anyway, they should all be privatized and turned into toll bridges.

It's just basic free market economic theory. When a bridge collapses, it's because drivers made a poor consumer choice to use a damaged bridge instead of a well-maintained bridge. Since maintenance costs money, wise consumers will choose to pay exorbitant fees to use a privately-owned non-collapsing bridge. The poors will choose to swim, because they have not performed a proper cost evaluation of their lives vs bridge fees. Thus, an self-regulating economy will eliminate those incapable of functioning within it, and we are one step closer to our libertarian utopia.

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