Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Give the Anarchocapitalist Transportation Geek His Due- After mentioning helmet laws Saturday, James Haney pointed out one of his maiden offerings back in December; a piece on motorcycle helmet laws. His proposal was to allow people who want the wind in their hair to pay for the privilege by paying a higher insurance premium for riding without a helmet. This proposal has one good thing going for it, which is a market-efficient Coasean outcome, as the external cost of paying for the freedom-lover's nursing-home care after bashing his brains out gets paid for by the riders, not the general public. You, in the back. "Isn't culling the gene pool a second benefit?" That assumes the tree gets them before they have a chance to breed. Write on the blackboard 100 times, "I see stoopid people, and they don't even know they're stoopid."

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