Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: I remember VW Beetles. It was not all that uncommon to see one with a bent roof, from going over on it. It was quite common to see them pushed back onto their wheels and driven away–the doors even worked. Uncle Tom McKahill rolled a Renault Dauphene with about the same result.
My reply: The Beetle was small and light but its convex/rounded roof was quite structurally sturdy; as you say, it could be rolled and while it might end up dented, the roof would usually not compress/collapse.
But while the Beetle can be defended on several points as regards “safety,” the larger point is that our “safety” is no one else’s rightful business. Those who think it is think they are our parents – or that we are their property.
This is an exceptionally obnoxious doctrine. It amazes me that more people aren’t enraged by this business of busybodyness at gunpoint. Government, if it has any legitimate business at all, ought to protect our rights – including our right to weigh and take risks.
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