Why the resistance to making room for new roads?

(This applies to the preparations for the Dutch #Betuwelijn. I know that’s old hat, but it gels quite nicely with futile objections against statelesness, so this makes for a new way to undermine the “Who’ll make the roads”-argument against #anarchism)

“Without the state, who would make the roads?”

That is a common objection to statelessness, in fact it’s so common that I’ve given it its very own category on this blog. So, why do some people hinder the building of roads / railways?
Again, it’s because these are done by the state, in the only way a state knows how: using blunt force and supreme arrogance: presenting people with a fait-accompli: there is going to be a new railway over here” and the crappy village where you and your ancestors have been living for goodness knows how many generations is in the way, so is going to be leveled. Now make way for our plans, you worthless sods!
“Out of the goodness of our hearts we’ll pay you this (ahem) generous amount of compensation, so you’ll get out of our glorious way”. Now get lost and let us have our way! This is a democracy, so you’ll have to listen to us!

Is it any wonder the inhabitants of that village fight even heavily armed police-bulldozer crews,and sre willing to risk the legal and health consequences that redistance entails? No, of course it isn’t! That’s why the roads stand a better chance of being built WITHOUT eminent domain. Asking nicely is a much better strategy. The state being at the top of the list of hateful crap, for most, is always going to have problems supplying any goods it hasseized the monopoly power on, because of exactly,that: they have SEIZED monopoly power, and they abuse that monopoly, by forcing people to sit in traffic jams, instead shouting thst thry should go by train.


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