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Privately maintained and restored infrastructure.

roman_mir (125474) writes | about a year and a half ago

User Journal 5

Here you all can see something on youtube that shows how private enterprise deals with infrastructure when it has to do it.

On this youtube channel you can see videos reporting progress and a final opening of a bridge that was fixed privately by some entrepreneurs, who put together money, resources, machinery (one of them, Sergei Zaharov owns a metal shop).

Here you all can see something on youtube that shows how private enterprise deals with infrastructure when it has to do it.

On this youtube channel you can see videos reporting progress and a final opening of a bridge that was fixed privately by some entrepreneurs, who put together money, resources, machinery (one of them, Sergei Zaharov owns a metal shop).

The bridge was going to be fixed by the local government for 13.5 Million rubles, which is about 445000 USD, however the private businessmen spent their own time (3 months altogether), a total of 40 people were involved in the project and they fixed the bridge for only 300,000 rubles, which is only about 10,000 USD.

You can see the video of the opening of the bridge once it was fixed here.

Here is what the problem looked like originally.
This was 1 month into the renovation.
2 months into the renovation.
Here is an example of the work that had to be done.

Private individuals can and do in fact restore and maintain infrastructure and they do it at a fraction of the cost of what government spends (or wants to spend).

Despite all the naysayers out there.

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What about the wages? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42564579)

Did these people dedicate their own time and does the final cost include their wages? If not, it's not really a fair comparison. Sure, I can make an Apple-like laptop cheaper than what it high street cost is, but I don't have the time to do it, so you'd have to pay me to stop working my day job.

Incredible example (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42564659)

When are they going to start selling their bridge building services for 500,000 rubles?

moof (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about a year and a half ago | (#42565815)

Private individuals can enforce their own contracts too, but I prefer the govt. to do a few, certain things to facilitate free commerce.

Re:moof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576097)

Private individuals can enforce their own contracts too

Sounds a bit violent.

Re:moof (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about a year and a half ago | (#42578111)

Unfortunately nowadays no more violent than when the govt. enforces things. Around here the cops will shoot you if you look at them wrong, and shoot to kill. I used to be a supporter of LEO's. But with the ridiculously heavy-handed tactics, and Obama assassinating people including Americans with aerial drones, at this point I'm only slightly in favor of govt. being in charge of preserving order. It's conceivable that could change if it grows even more corrupt in ruthlessness and violence.

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