Paul Glastris pointed out to me that there had been a recent article on the very subject of taxis and libertarians (sort of)—Megan McArdle’s piece in the May issue of The Atlantic, where she focuses on a DC upstart company called Uber that is trying to address all that is terrible about cab service in the capital. (It’s costly, though—the average fare is about 50% higher than a standard cab fare.)

McArdle is a popular target for criticism, and not always unfairly, but her piece has some useful information about some of the regulatory factors that drag down cab service (like, for example, million-dollar medallions in New York).

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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.