Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dana asks: I thought it’s statistically worth it to buckle up. May I ask you to send me some legit studies that show yes or no to the efficacy of seat belts? I use DuckDuckGo but I don’t trust my judgement to sort out the info I have seen. I am a Libertarian and quite understand that we are living in the Brave New world now! Hell on earth is approaching. Thanks for your tremendous efforts!
My reply: It may well be – it probably is – statistically worth it to buckle up. What I mean by that is if you are in a wreck and wearing a seatbelt, it’s probably more likely that the seatbelt will reduce pr even prevent an injury than cause one. However, there is also the chance that it will cause injury. It may be a smaller chance, but it’s a chance.
And if you’re not in a wreck at all, the risk is zero – whether you were buckled up or not.
My position is that decisions about risk (especially decisions about life and death risks) are properly the business of those whose lives are to be risked – no matter how small or great the risk – and not the business of busybodies in government.
This is a really important point. If it is accepted that the government has the right to force people to wear seatbelts because it is “safer” for them to wear them then the government implicitly has the same moral right to force people to exercise and eat a balanced diet and not partake of “risky” recreational activities such as skiing (and many others).
It is, in other words, to open the door to limitless government.
And look what we’ve got!
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