The means and equipment used for the movement of passengers and goods

Reference

Transport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Transport or transportation is the movement of people, goods, signals and information. The term is derived from the Latin trans ('across') and portare ('to carry'). The field of transport has several aspects: loosely they can be divided into a triad of infrastructure, vehicles, and operations. Infrastructure includes the transport networks (roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals, pipelines, etc.) that are used, as well as the nodes or terminals (such as airports, railway stations, bus stations and seaports). ..."

Articles

Freedom, Security, and the Roots of Terrorism against the United States, by Richard M. Ebeling, Future of Freedom, Oct 2001
Reflections on the 11 September attacks a few weeks after, discusses the reasons for the terrorist attacks and proposes certain measures to deal with the situation
"On the other hand, privatization of airports and air traffic control would now place the safety of air travelers directly on the shoulders of the suppliers of transportation and the related facilities. No airline or airport would make money if it failed to secure the safety and lives of its customers and passengers. The insurance companies carrying the policies on airline companies and airports would insist on various safety measures and methods to minimize the risk of a hijacking or a terrorist act. The history of private 'regulation' through the insurance and related industries is a long and successful one. "
Saying Good-Bye to Dubai: Bidding Adieu to Globalization?, by Leon Hadar, 18 Mar 2006
"In fact, foreign companies, including those from Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Denmark, are managing the majority of the terminals at US ports, especially the big ones such at Los Angeles and Long Beach in California and New York and New Jersey, and much of the US merchant marine fleet was bought by foreigners, including by Singapore's Neptune Orient Line."
Related Topic: Dubai
Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber, by Sheldon Richman, 11 Nov 2014
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes the local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
"... Uber (and its competitor, Lyft) is a company whose smartphone app efficiently matches riders and drivers. When Uber enters a market, it carefully recruits and certifies local drivers. Then, using the app, people who need a ride can quickly find drivers to get them where they want to go. Customers are told fares in advance and how long they'll wait to be picked up. After the trip, driver and rider are asked to evaluate each other."
Related Topic: Monopoly
The Challenge to the U.S. Postal Monopoly, 1839-1851 [PDF], by Kelly B. Olds, Cato Journal, 1995
Analysis of the operation of the U.S. Post Office in the 1840s, including estimates of subsidies to various groups, and discussion of the private competitors and the effects they had on the postal service
"Coach contractors were a very influential lobby In Washington. On the surface, horse, sulky and stagecoach contracts were determined competitively. Routes were auctioned off for four years. Allegations were made, however, that the bidding on contracts was rigged. Government treated postal contracts as an unofficial means of subsidizing transportation. ... The federal government had an unstated policy of subsidizing railroad and steamship companies. Railroads dramatically lowered transport costs for the private sector, but the construction of railroads actually raised the price of mail transportation."
The Many Monopolies, by Charles W. Johnson, 24 Aug 2011
Describes four ways in which markets are distorted by government interventions, explains Tucker's "Four Monopolies", examines five present-day monopolies and discusses Tucker's libertarian views
"The Infrastructure Monopoly includes physical and communications infrastructure. Governments build roads, railways, and airports through eminent domain and tax subsidies, and impose cartelizing regulations on most mass transit. Restricted entry secures monopoly profits for insulated carriers; confiscating money and property to subsidize long-distance transportation and shipping creates tax-supported business opportunities for agribusiness, big-box chain retailers, and other businesses dependent on long-haul trucking."
The Railroads Of France, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Freeman, Sep 1955
Recounts the history of gradual nationalization of French railroads from 1876 to 1938, as well as a comparison between the Belgian state-owned railway and the then privately-owned French Northern Railway
"Ever since railroads were established by private enterprise, they have been a favorite candidate for nationalization. France offers a typical story of government operation of the railroads. ... The French railroad budget is further from balance today than it was when the National Company was first formed."
Related Topics: Belgium, France
The Snare of Government Subsidies, by Gary North, Mises Daily, 31 Aug 2006
Explains how government starts by granting a benefit to some group (purportedly for the public interest), someone takes advantage of the system, the group is asked to police itself, cheating grows, a crisis is perceived, leading to increased interventions
"In the case of the great railroads in the United States which were built in the 1860s and 1870s, the government offered millions of acres of land to the railroad companies as an incentive to begin and complete construction. ... Created by government subsidy, controlled in the name of protecting the consumer, the railroads in the Northeastern part of the United States, as well as the Midwest, have been strangled to death."

Books

Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit
    by Daniel B. Klein, Adrian T. Moore, Binyam Reja, 1997

Videos


Enough Is Enough!, by Ron Paul, 17 Nov 2010
Short speech announcing new legislation to curb the TSA and the notion that Americans have accepted being treated like cattle
Related Topic: Terrorism