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  • Tue, Mar 23, 2010 - 12:27pm

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    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” )