The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article by Evan Halper, “A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue,” that included the following sentence:
“Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.”
The word “Libertarian” doesn’t belong in that sentence.
It may be there because the article’s author doesn’t know what a libertarian is.
It may be there because those so-called “Libertarians” don’t know what a libertarian is.
It may be there because someone who is lobbying for more control and taxes over people’s lives is a fake libertarian.
In any case, anyone who doesn’t accept and understand that the Zero Aggression Principle means the rejection of coercion, intimidation and fraud is not a libertarian.
Libertarians reject the idea of government roads as they reject the idea of any government property.
Ultimately, libertarians believe in the privatization of everything.
Roads would simply be part of the infrastructure of private towns, communities and neighborhoods within cities, built by the very people who live and work in them, voluntarily rather than taxed, likely cheaper and better.
After all, would you buy a house that didn’t include links to water, sewer, power, cable services, sidewalks and roads? That’s what you likely have now, and you paid for your house voluntarily, with money you earned.
Super highways might be fewer but they would compete with super rail and air transportation, voluntarily funded by people who profit from them – the trucking, bus and rental vehicle industries, auto insurance companies and as-yet unknown transportation-for-hire operators – and supported by user fees.
All likely cheaper and better.
Status quo power freaks and an unimaginative populace likely couldn’t imagine such a thing and would therefore demand that libertarians deliver a detailed schematic of how it would all work.
But only politicians claim to know everything. Libertarians know that knowledge is diffused throughout society, and free minds freely thinking and freely interacting with one another will come up with the solutions to making it all work.
They always have – in spite of politicians.
Halper never identified these “Libertarians” but black boxes tracking people wherever they go and taxing them isn’t for libertarians. That kind of slavery is for sheep.
(Thanks to Curry Taylor for the article idea.)
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