Re: I just got stopped by a cop….
What I’m arguing is that public roads are an arena where some freedoms are temporarily and voluntarily sacrified in the interests of safety and utility.
They’re a public good, not a private one. Their usefulness depends on people cooperating.. stopping at red lights, keeping a speed similar to that of the rest of the traffic, not blinding oncoming drivers with headlights, driving on the right side of the road, etc etc etc..
That doesn’t mean I approve of total surveillance or arbitrary powers to stop and search etc… just that I think it’s a messy area philosophically… and pragmatism beats naive libertarianism or anarchism in this instance. If I use a public road, I abide by community standards.
Apologies if I’m either stating the obvious, or missing the point.
aside – Davos: Yup, I posted it – (see “Dear Congress” )