Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bill asks: What do you think about “the fight for the right to drive?” Is this merely an updating of the constitutional right to a horse?
My reply: I think no one has the right to a horse! I think people have a right to buy one,if they want to – and also a right to travel.
The latter is the crux of the issue.
Americans have been conditioned to regard travel – even on foot – as a conditional privilege conferred (and legitimately regulated) by “the government.” Which of course is just an evasive euphemism for the busybodies and control freaks who have acquired a legal monopoly on the use of force – and use its threat (and actuality) to enforce their busybody/control freak ideas.
At any rate, the point is it used to be accepted in principle that every free citizen had a right to travel freely. That is to say, without being arbitrarily molested by government goons – i.e., having your travel interrupted by a government goon who forces you to produce “papers,” looks you over, asks annoying questions and so on.
This was the idea once upon a time in America, which is becoming very much like East Germany
It seems to me that if the principle is sound, it ought to apply as much to travel by car as by foot.
Certainly, it ought to mean presumptive innocence of wrongdoing.
Put another way: The mere fact that one is traveling – whether by car, foot or otherwise – ought not, as such, to be sufficient cause to require that the person traveling demonstrate to the satisfaction of a government busybody that one hasn’t committed an illegal act.
Certainly absent any prior reason to suspect them of such.
Thus, a person merely waking down the street should not have to produce “papers” on demand – or answer questions. He ought to free to travel.
And the same for people in cars or on bicycles, etc.
So long as no harm has been caused – and there is no specific reason to suspect a crime has been committed – no driver should be required to submit to arbitrary “papers” presentation, questioning or interference with his right to go about his business.
Americans used to enjoy that right – before it became a conditional privilege.
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