Monday, April 29, 2013

My First Reason Foundation Article: TVA Should Go Private

TVA: For Sale By Owner

Time For the Tennessee Valley Authority to Go Private

Privatization makes sense. The hard part is working out exactly how to do it.
Recently there was a bit of excitement about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) mention in the President’s Budget (PB). Page 51 of the PB states:
Given TVA’s debt constraints and the impact to the Federal deficit of its increasing capital expenditures, the Administration intends to undertake a strategic review of options for addressing TVA’s financial situation, including the possible divestiture of TVA, in part or as a whole.
After the conservatives and libertarians finish cheering and throwing their top hats in the air, there is something important to remember about federal budgets: they are not created equal.

Read the rest at Reason.Org

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ


  1. Ludwig von Mises also wrote:

    "A shallow-minded school of social philosophers, the anarchists, chose to ignore the matter by suggesting a stateless organization of mankind. They simply passed over the fact that men are not angels. They were too dull to realize that in the short run an individual or a group of individuals can certainly further their own interests at the expense of their own and all other peoples' long-run interests. A society that is not prepared to thwart the attacks of such asocial and short-sighted aggressors is helpless and at the mercy of its least intelligent and most brutal members. While Plato founded his Utopia on the hope that a small group of perfectly wise and morally impeccable philosophers will be available for the supreme conduct of affairs, anarchists implied that all men without any exception will be endowed with perfect wisdom and moral impeccability. They failed to conceive that no system of social cooperation can remove the dilemma between a man's or a group's interests in the short run and those in the long run."

    "Government as such is not only not an evil, but the most necessary and beneficial institution, as without it no lasting social cooperation and no civilization could be developed and preserved. It is a means to cope with an inherent imperfection of many, perhaps of the majority of all people. If all men were able to realize that the alternative to peaceful social cooperation is the renunciation of all that distinguishes Homo sapiens from the beasts of prey, and if all had the moral strength always to act accordingly, there would not be any need for the establishment of a social apparatus of coercion and oppression. Not the state is an evil, but the shortcomings of the human mind and character that imperatively require the operation of a police power. Government and state can never be perfect because they owe their raison d'etre to the imperfection of man and can attain their end, the elimination of man's innate impulse to violence, only by recourse to violence, the very thing they are called upon to prevent."

    - Ludwig von Mises, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science

    1. I am missing what that has to do with a post about TVA, but I approved it anyway.

      If it matters, I am a minarchist, but I do not believe that angels will be culled from our ranks to rule us, as your "evidence" seems to suggest.