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In an earlier post, I noted the work of Kevin Carson in his various writings on the creation of a national economic market in nineteenth century America C19 - a development which Carson describes as an artificial creation, funded by taxation and created by the State through its direct and indirect subsidies of national rail networks and communication infrastructure.
Carson's essay The Distorting Effects of Transportation Subsidies sets out this thesis in a more accessible form than his longer work on the subject and is a readable and persuasive arguement.
I also appreciate the fact that this shorter essay looks not only into the distant past but also at recent developments in the creation of national road networks and the civil aviation infrastructure, as examples of the similar State-lead trends.
Carson also shows the clear links between the creation of such networks and the consolidation of national markets, wedded to global firms.
Take a look and see what you think.
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