Re: Property and the Law, and is it a priority?

From: Jeffrey Behrendt (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 12:39:24 MDT

Mike Lorrey wrote:
>Libertarian governments would do the same, focusing on the payment of
>externalities. For example, gas taxes should pay for the externalities
>of the costs of oil and gas spills as well as pollution and the cost of
>maintaining the roads and waterways upon which that gas is expended. A
>libertarian government would actually use the money for the intended
>purpose rather than to fund a welfare state.

What incentive would a libertarian have to use the tax money it collects to
pay for externatlities? Would it not be more rational for the government to
put the money into some welfare program that would win it votes in the next

Jeffrey Behrendt

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