Traffic Freedom

Antony — August 9, 2012

Even proponents of free markets and limited government would admit that you need some government control to maintain order, right? If the people were left to their own devices, surely chaos would ensue? For example, don’t we need government to enforce traffic rules so that cars don’t all smash into each other? Let’s have a look at the chaos that ensues when the government order breaks down, and the traffic lights are out. The video below shows traffic when the lights were out, on the left, and the same intersection the next day, same time, with the lights restored:

That’s weird, somehow, without the traffic lights telling them what to do, drivers are still able to avoid running into each other! There even seems seems to be less congestion. It’s almost as if, in the absence of government control, order somehow emerges spontaneously! How odd!

from the LRC Blog

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