The always provocative Barbara Fister has published a cogent article on the effects of the federal government's shutdown on access to such public goods as libraries, information, museums, land, parks, etc. at Inside Higher Education. To quote Fister,
There are few institutions that are open to all and beloved by Americans regardless of their political views. Libraries and parks are among them. But the very idea of sharing, of having goods in common, is contrary to a worldview that believes individual freedom trumps everything else and caring for those who cannot care for themselves is a betrayal of the natural order of things.