Public [government] ownership must be borne by all members of the public, and no member can divest himself of that ownership. Ownership of public property is not voluntary; it is compulsory as long as one is a member of the public. To call something "compulsory" usually is a good start toward condemning it. This is an excerpt from a long report that Armen Alchian wrote for the RAND Corporation in 1961. It's reprinted in The Collected Works of Armen A....