Förespråkare av laissez-faire kapitalism, får ofta den ganska löjliga frågan, ”Men vem ska bygga vägarna?” Här är ett helt okej svar:
The whole British Empire, and especially England, which, sixty years ago, had as bad roads as Germany or France then had, is now covered by a network of the finest roadways; and these, too, like almost everything else in England, are the work of private enterprise, the State having done very little in this direction.
Before 1755 England possessed almost no canals. … [But now in 1845:] In England alone, there are 2,200 miles of canals and 1,800 miles of navigable river. In Scotland, the Caledonian Canal was cut directly across the country, and in Ireland several canals were built. These improvements, too, like the railroads and roadways, are nearly all the work of private individuals and companies.
Vem kom med detta ”svar”? Friedrich Engels. (Hat tip: Stephen Hicks.)