Criminals Can Build Effective Roads, but Government Can't?
You know who’s not efficient or cost-effective? Government.
You know who is?
The public- and profit-minded entrepreneurs of the black market in Belarussia have taken it upon themselves to improve business by improving their means of transportation. They adopted a gravel road leading from Moscow to Belarussia’s capital, Minsk, raised the road, widened it, and added more turning points to increase access for their heavy goods trucks (fruit weighs a lot). The secret project was quickly rewarded with heightened traffic and an eventual government takeover, complete with customs.
If illegal black market businessmen can successfully build a road under the table, imagine what legitimate businessmen could build out in the open.
Additionally, these criminal-construction workers must have known that their project would eventually be discovered and taken over by the government. You cannot build a road connecting two countries’ capitals and expect it to stay secret. So these smugglers must have been able to build a road in such a timely and cost-efficient manner that it would be profitable in the short time between construction and government takeover.
There is no way a government could build a road so effectively.
A version of this article first appeared at FEE.