Posts Tagged ‘Rick Snyder’

Ah yes, lets privatize. That’ll work best. Yes indeedy!

December 11, 2013

Detroit Skyline from the Cultural Center [A630...

Detroit Skyline from the Cultural Center [A630-2194] (Photo credit: Juan N Only)

Detroit is absolutely bankrupt. The city faces a cash shortfall of more than $100 million by June 30. Long-term liabilities, including pensions, exceed $14 billion. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants to bail out Detroit’s city government even further. Thanks to the financial situation of Detroit, emergency services like police and fire departments are being severely cut short. 911 is only taking calls during business hours. Homes have been abandoned making parts of the city look like a ghost town.

If our public servants are right and wouldn’t dare lie and try to scare us, then chaos, anarchy and lawlessness should reign in Detroit now, right? Well, not exactly.

They take an approach opposite to the SWAT-heavy inclinations of government law enforcement. There is the private Detroit Bus Company, flourishing.

Some private citizens wanted to do a good deed, and at the bus stops where they have long waits for the government bus lines, they built shelters and bookshelves. Government said it was “unapproved” and took them down. Local city-grown gardens defy Big Agriculture, and they are meeting without permits..

Detroit’s city government may be in shambles financially, but the citizens of Detroit are showing what happens when people are given their liberty back. For centuries, libertarians have been arguing for strict limits on state power, the benefits of private, civic society, and the bottom-up, spontaneous order that arises where free markets and voluntary interactions dominate. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so scared and sicken with political Stockholm Syndrome the next time politicos fear-monger over budgets cuts.


Who Really Betrayed Detroit?