Toll Roads: The Libertarian Way?
At first I was a bit amused at this article in the San Jose- Mercury News on plans for additional tolls being levied on folks not only entering San Francisco, but leaving.
I'd often thought, while driving past the northbound lane toll booths on the Golden Gate Bridge, it would make more sense to charge tolls for leaving rather than entering. Hey, I don't want to go to San Francisco in the first place. Shouldn't you charge for what people want to do- like leaving?
Then I got to thinking and, all kidding aside, the idea of setting up more and more toll booths, where people often have no choice but to pass through, is kind of scary. They could put them just about anywhere and make all kinds of money and you wouldn't have any choice but to pay whatever toll they felt like asking for, unless you just stayed home!
About the only thing remotely funny about these kinds of ideas is you'll hear some libertarians suggest we privatize all the roads and fund them through...you guessed it: toll fees!