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Libertarian Spotting


So, I've been reading a lot of Libertarian Blogs lately. It seems like that's all there is out there, so it's pretty impossible not to run into them. My favorites so far are Diana Hsieh's NoodleFood and Eugene Volokh's The Volokh Conspiracy. Here's an interesting bit from The Volokh Conspiracy.

But there's no reason why helmet laws are the only solution to the Cost To Taxpayers (or Fellowed Policyholders) problem. If we're really serious about protecting innocent taxpayers *and* motorcyclists' liberty, the state can just set up two kinds of motorcycle license plates: An H series (e.g., H123456) for people who promise to ride wearing helmets, and an N series (e.g., N123456) for people who reserve the right to ride without.

To get an N license plate, you have to show proof of insurance for helmetless riding -- presumably that kind of insurance will be expensive to get, but that's fair given that your health care will be expensive, too. But if you get an N plate then you'll never be ticketed for riding helmetless.
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Of course, I agree with this. I said here that you should be denied insurance payouts if you don't wear a seat belt. Inevitably, someone would offer supplemental "stupidity payouts" for those who don't want to wear one anyway. Volokh clearly has the right solution here. It is funny, though, when a Libertarian wants to add more government to solve a problem.
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