Libertarians, Answer My Important Taxi Question!

Okay, yeah, so I get fixated on libertarianism sometimes. Mea culpa. But what’s the libertarian answer to the late-night cab crisis at DC’s Union Station (you should really read the story)? I guess in the wee-hour absence of regulation, “the market” (in a libertarian wonderland where anyone can start a cab company without the approval or licensing of the District) would eventually produce a company or two willing to take people to far-flung, unprofitable neighborhoods, maybe? But obviously these people will be charged more. And obviously people from really poor, distant neighborhoods are probably screwed and might not be able to get home at all.

Real-life libertarians who might be reading, I’m not trying to be a snarky caricature artist. What am I missing here?

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.