The time has come for me to share with you another paper that I found invaluable while studying for my PhD.

The Private Supply of “Public Goods” in Nineteenth Century Britain by Dr. Stephen Davies gives a fantastic overview of how so-called public goods, such as policing, healthcare and sanitation, were being successfully supplied by the private sector in Georgian and early Victorian Britain.

It goes on to show how the public were hoodwinked in to believing that government knew best and that only the state could provide these services.

We have examples every day of how successful the state has been at providing these so-called “public goods”.  So has the time not come to look back to the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries to give us some ideas for the future?

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