Governments Promote Private Sector Mischief

Dave Killion — November 26, 2012

Antony, the article you referenced in your post on Chinese “nail houses” claims that such homes are created either by government projects, or by private development. However, the fact is that each of these homes was almost certainly accessible by some public thoroughfare such as a road or sidewalk. It was the government that turned these public thoroughfares over to developers, knowing full well that the citizens who depend on them for access would be made vulnerable. There is no question that some private sector actors will misbehave, but when misbehaviour occurs on a large scale, or continues for any substantial length of time, you can be sure of government collusion.

 

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