Libertarians like to complain that governments are responsible for deaths through wars, etc. But they never consider how governments prevent deaths. The sewers of Rome have prevented far more deaths through sanitation than the legions of Rome ever killed in wars. Sewers are natural monopolies.
- Are Wet Wipes Wrecking the World's Sewers? [More...]
- A classic example where a club good (sewers) requires regulation to protect from individual abuse and ASShole entrepreneurs (read the story) who would make profit from promoting abuses.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian: What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us? [More...]
- "All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?"
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