Why do you think private services are a good way to deal with emergencies?
Tom Ritchford

This is a good point I hadn’t thought of:

if you fear someone trying to get away as was the case last week, you don’t have to search a thousand Uber cars trying to leave, but simply drive the busses to somewhere you can easily check people off as they exit.


But Tom, don’t waste effort and time trying to read people’s minds—i.e., speculating about everything they believe that they didn’t say. It’s baffling how often even smart people do this. It’s one thing to have such thoughts, but another to then decide to say them out loud, let alone write them. What’s the point? Trying to be a dick? Show how smart you are? And then one looks foolish when wrong. And again, look at all the time that has now been wasted because you tried to read my mind.

I fleshed out some of my thoughts here. Happy to hear your thoughts on it—but please spare me the mind reading.

You refer to “an idea that seems on the surface to have no merit.” My idea is that allowing people to freely associate even in emergencies will produce some favorable results—people with cars helping people without cars is a form of free association. It’s obvious that governmental authority has an important role in such situations. The question is how much of each of these is optimal.