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The Privatization of Roads and Highways

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Mises Institute is pleased to introduce Walter Block's remarkable new treatise on private roads, a 494-page book that will cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It is bold, innovative, radical, compelling, and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to see the failures of the state and see t ...more
Nook, 496 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by ReadCycle (first published 2009)
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Thomas Mccall
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and hope more people see the same logical discussion as to why Government monopoly on roads is not a good idea.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
As stated in the beginning, this is a collection of essays/articles that have been organized into a book. It would have been wonderful to have had Block write it *as a book* instead, since there are necessarily some repeats, and the overall structure and progression of ideas could have been clearer. However, it is still works surprisingly well. As far as I understand, the "who's going to build the roads?" is a common enough question libertarians get, as to be almost a joke. It's interesting to r ...more
Christian Andersson
A lot of great content with many solid arguments for a free market in general and, of course, for private roads.

Unfortunately, the book is a bit unstructured and repetitive but if you can stand that it's definitely worth a read.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I am really disappointed by this book.

The forward by Brad Edmund was fantastic, and even the first 10 or so pages were full of great information, and then it just started devolving in to a very mechanical presentation and the author started to sound like an economist writing a peer reviewed paper than a book for the lay person.

The information is great; there's no doubt about it. Walter Block thoroughly quotes from various books and does a great job of providing citations (which I
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From now on, if you're economically to the left of Mises, Rothbard, Menger, Hayek, etc, this is required reading (along with "Economics in One Lesson" by Hazlitt) before you get to talk to me about econ. If you mention Keynes unironically I will punch you in the throat, then you're also going to have to read "The Failure of 'New Economics,'" also by Hazlitt.

If you don't know who any of these people are, that's ok, no big deal, but you probably shouldn't discuss econ seriously with anyone becaus
Zachary Moore
The best available libertarian treatment of roads calling for genuine as opposed to pseudo-privatization in which the state retains a controlling interest. The individual essays are strong but the book as a whole contains a significant amount of redundant material as the same arguments and objections are repeated in many of the separate essays.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blocks arguments are sound and his style fluid and easygoing, but the presentation as a book is somewhat misleading. This is a collection of separate essays, and his argument suffers a little from eventually tedious repetition as a result. This could have been half the length and still presented the same argument in a much clearer way.
Austin Archibald
Quite good. Knocks this common question out of the park, though it could have been better if it weren't a collection of older articles he'd already written. Thus, there was some repetition and less flow. Still, Block's style and powerful logic makes this a great read.
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Walter Block earned his PhD in Economics at Columbia University. He is an author, editor, and co-editor of many books which include Defending the Undefendable; Lexicon of Economic Thought, Economic Freedom of the World 1975-1995; Rent Control: Myths and Realities; Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity; Theology, Third Word Development and Economic Justice; Man, Economy, and Lib ...more