The story of the rural Tennessee fire department that let a house burn down because the owners didn’t pay a fire protection fee has been widely talked about. On Friday, Kentucky Public Radio’s Chad Lampe reported for NPR on how the community reacted. The report was followed by a discussion of old-time fire brigades and the evolution of municipal, public fire departments.

What are your thoughts on the fire protection fee? High-stakes gamble? Necessary?

Taxes normally go to fire protection, but what if you could pay for all government services a la carte? What wouldn’t you pay for? What if these government services didn’t exist? What would you hire a private contractor to do?

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