Originally Posted by PickledStiff
Right, comparing a 3rd world country with no real wealth until recently to the US is a great comparison. Of course all these things would have been developed. If there isn't demand for it then why are we being threatened by force to pay for it? Clearly if it was so important and needed then people wouldn't have to be forced to pay for said service, they would be instead lining up to pay for it voluntarily. It's retarded to think otherwise. If there is widespread demand for them they will be developed.
You're wrong. America was in the same boat as China 100 years ago. A country can not be wealthy until it has a clear and viable stable government that is capable of subsidizing public goods. You can't have a wealthy country with a massive infrastructure. Massive infrastructures can NOT be built solely through private funds. It's not possible.
You show me one country on this planet that is wealthy, and doesn't have a government to regulate, subsidize and provide public goods for it's people. It's not possible. In fact why don't you name some massive infrastructures built in America without government subsides.
Railroads, Roads, Power, Telecommunications, all of these were made possible BY government intervention. Without the government they don't exist. I would also like to point out that all of those infrastructures are run by publicly traded companies, and nearly all of those companies tried to set up monopolies, before government stepped in to stop it.
IF there is a wide spread demand for something, then it will be built? Really by who? You think any business in this world is going to commit hundreds of billions of dollars into some "gamble" because people want it now? No, no business will do it unless they get big concessions from government.