|Quoting BMI727 (Reply 62):|
It would be an easy way to demonstrate the disaster that nationalization of companies often becomes
There has been one disaster demonstration so far, and that has been the privatization of the National Rail in the UK. Service has gone down, prices are ridiculously high and the taxpayer continues to chip-in to subsidize all those "efficient" private companies that now run services.
|Quoting BMI727 (Reply 68):|
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 66):
Or when you want to move a lot of freight without clogging the interstate.
Gee, I bet people might be willing to pay for something like that.
You are ignoring the fact that infrastructure on such a large scale costs a lot of money, too much for the private sector to even assume the risk. The return on the investment is also pretty low, since even a profitable rail system would take a long time to actually make its worth for its investors. A private investor would never look so far in the future for returns, they are more interested in shorter-term gains. This is when governments step in, to assume the risk where there is a business case to be made that cannot satisfy the private appetite for a quick buck.