By Robert Higgs | Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 12:19 PM PST | Comments Off on Our Land, Our Infrastructure, Our Country—a Lot of Loose Talk
Many Americans talk about “our country,” “our public lands,” and “our infrastructure.” Such terminology is inaccurate and misleading. Genuine de facto ownership entails control of the property and the benefits it generates. No one owns the country, though the thousands of governmental entities make and enforce claims to various parts and aspects of it....
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By Peter Gordon | Friday June 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM PST | 1 Comment
It seems that push has come to shove in some California cities. The Stockton City Council voted to give its City Manager the green light to file for bankruptcy—which could address the problem of that city’s debt, now thought to be in the range of $25-40 million. The City’s diminished income is not up...
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By Robert Higgs | Thursday October 14, 2010 at 6:14 AM PST | 10 Comments
I was on the road a good deal last week, driving from my home in southeast Louisiana first through a long stretch of Mississippi to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, then to the outskirts of Birmingham and on to Auburn, Alabama, and finally from there back to my home by way of Montgomery and Mobile. Along the way, I was...
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