Thursday, December 14, 2006

Spontaneous Order

George Mason economist Don Boudreaux has a commentary in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about spontaneous order.

Also see
this article, "Controlled Chaos: European Cities Do Away with Traffic Signs," for another example of spontaneous order.

See my previous post on spontaneous order, about Skating Rink Economics
here.

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5 Comments:

At 12/15/2006 6:40 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

Fascinating! It makes total sense. How brave of them to give it a try. Wish something like that would happen in North America. K

 
At 12/15/2006 12:58 PM, Anonymous Walt G. said...

How could you tell if they did away with stop signs? People don't stop now.

Blinkers have been eliminated also. It's difficult to drink coffee, eat a sandwich, and talk on a cell phone all at once. Maybe they need voice-commanded blinkers?

 
At 12/15/2006 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the latest roundabout coming to Mid-Michigan. Try this link http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_M-81_I-75_interchange_rendering_1_155180_7.pdf

 
At 12/16/2006 11:33 PM, Anonymous Bob Wright said...

Anonymous,

The link doesn't work.
Is something missing?

 
At 12/19/2006 7:55 PM, Anonymous Steve E. said...

Anyone who as traveled in the lesser developed countries in SE Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand), has already experienced this type of traffic (non)control. It can be nerve-racking or terrifying to those of not used to it, but it is quite effective, keeps traffic moving, and although you would expect accidents everywhere, I rarely saw them.

 

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