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

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 17:16:23 MDT

Jeffrey Behrendt wrote:
> 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
> election?

If it did so, it wouldn't be libertarian, now, would it?

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