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Statist and Anarchist #235: Private Transit by BlameThe1st Statist and Anarchist #235: Private Transit by BlameThe1st
First of all, in case you're wondering, this comic strip is based on another comic by Natty Comics (which is a particular comic that I wouldn't even force my worst enemies to read!) Again, it's not "stealing." It's correcting. And second, yes, statists, Japan's trains are all privatized. In the land of the rising sun, the free market reigns. Suck it!
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VelvetKevorkian333 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Here in Eastern Massachusetts (USA), our public transit system is called the MBTA (Mass Bay Transportation Authority) and it used to be cheap and reliable.  But over the course of a few years, they raised the rates - what once cost 75 cents is now $3.00.  I have a lot of friends I visit up in Salem, MA and if I took the MBTA it would cost me about $20 and almost 5 hours round trip.  It only costs me $5.00 in gas and 90 minutes round trip to drive.  I dunno, seems like there is something seriously wrong with their logic when it costs less for me to drive than to take public transportation.  Esp since the whole point of having it is to cut down on emissions and the number of cars on the road, and so people WITHOUT cars have a way to get around without draining their wallets.  Before I had my car I used to take it to and from work, if I did that now, it would cost me like 1/4 of my paycheck!  You'd think for the higher prices that they'd use some of it to improve the system - which they claim they are doing but instead buses and trains always breaking down, or being delayed for long stretches of time.  Just makes no sense to me. 
lordmep Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
The sad part is, if you look hard enough, you'd probably find an article from a big mainstream news outlet making Green's point.
I think a lot of it also depends on how transport systems are laid out and how they operate as well.  For instance, in Europe most transport systems are either heavily subsidized directly by governmental entities or are owned and/or operated by governmental entities.  However, these systems are also very reliable and are among the most efficient in the world.  Personally, I do not think that most transport systems in places like the United States can really be privatized and work simply because these systems are not profitable either way.  I believe the conditions have to be right for a privatized transport system to actually work.
bcrbuio3tvrbvt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
He shouldah just said 'Stop capsplaining!'
ValdoreWorks Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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"Japan has by no means a completely free transportation market – even the private companies receive low-interest construction loans and are subject to price controls and rolling stock protectionism"

"While JNR privatization was a success in the three large metropolitan regions, and especially Tokyo, the smaller cities and regional areas are another story."

"[...], and the longer lines are still owned by the national government in the form of smaller JR companies. Shorter lines, called "third-sector" railways, have been devolved to local governments and private investors."

"Profit-making private firms exist outside of the three metropolitan areas just as there are third-sector railways within, but they are the exception to the norm."

"Privatization was a boon to railways in Japan's dense metropolises, and especially Tokyo, but it's revealed weaknesses elsewhere.[...] ,declining population and rising car ownership are a recipe for disaster for private railways, and the government must step in if service is to be maintained."

No, the free market surely doesn't "reign" in Japan. They're far from it.

Also, this happens a fucking lot in privatized train lines as well. It's not like technical difficultues or a halt because of a red sign are exclusively to "public" railways. :D
Graeystone Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Crony Capitalism exists in Japan. As a matter of fact that its gotten so bad that there are quite a few sienen manga(mature comics) about the matter.
ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you people make me cringe.
ValdoreWorks Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Just let us keep the Seinen Manga away for this matter, because they are fictive even if they are based on real problems)

Well of course there is an influential capitalist group that has, well, a lot of influence (duh).
But there's certainly no "free market" in Japan. As already said in the text, there are regulations on how the prices are.

As soon as some sort of regulation exists, and be it a law that forbids scam or debt-based self-justice, the "free market" ceases its existence. It's, like communism, an "utopian" ideology which will never be reached unless somehow every country and militia ceases its existence and anarchism reigns. Then, maybe for a short period, free market exists until the next powerful group makes any regulation.
ZGMF-X42S Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017
"free market exists until the next powerful group makes any regulation."

That's why an amendment requiring the total separation of economy and state, not unlike the separation of church and state, would be an absolute necessity to ensure that any powerful group is unable to make a regulation without being punished by the law for it.
Graeystone Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
True about regulation. Herman Cain on his radio show told story from a few years ago about a private car service tried to open shop in Atlanta, GA. The Taxi Companies didn't like the idea of competition so they influenced the city council/mayor to start 'regulating the car service industry' which put such competition out of business.
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