Murphy, Joseph John. 'The relation of the state to the railways'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IV Part XXXII, 1866/1867, pp307- 316
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IV Part XXXII 1866/1867
A notion, however, appears still to exist, that State intervention
for the purpose of making railways more useful would be
"a relaxation of the strict principles of political economy, to be
justified, if at all, only by the exceptional circumstances of Ireland."
Now this is a double misconception. Ireland is, no doubt,
a poorer qountry than Great Britain; but to relax the application
of the principles of political economy in the case of a poor
country, would be as reasonable as to relax the application of medical
science in the case of a patient of weak constitution. And the intervention
of the State for the purpose of providing the country with
the most efficient railway communication possible is not opposed
to the principles of political economy. In every country in the
world stone roads are a matter of State concern, and are paid for
out of the taxes. Every one regards this as a duty of the State, and
it is impossible to give any good reason, other than one of mere convenience,
why the same rule should not be applied to iron roads.
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