Skip to main content
Non-financial boards have been closed.

Non-financial boards have been closed but will continue to be accessible in read-only form. If you're disappointed, we understand. Thank you for being an active participant in this community. We have more community features in development that we look forward to sharing soon. | The Motley Fool Community
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 1
Following the Libertarian doctorine to its logical conclusion, driving while intoxicated should be permitted, as long as the driver causes no harm to others

In a libertarian society, the roads would be privately owned and financed and policed by private police companies, which would have a profit incentive to provide better service than is provided under the state protection racket and tax-exacted setup we have now.
Therefore, the owners of the roads would have a profit incentive to have safe roads with low accident and death rates, just as airlines trumpet their low accident rates. They could prohibit drivers that drank while driving on their roads, and perhaps invent ways to detect drivers' blood alcohol levels that would be consistent with the preservation of the drivers' rights and satisfy the ACLU's concerns, etc.

(The WSJ pointed out the other day that Ryannair has never had a fatal accident. I don't think JetBlue has had one either. Eastern had a string of fatal accidents in the 1970s on their way to bankruptcy.)

In no way does libertarian doctrine arrive at the conclusion that driving while intoxicated should be permitted absent harm to others.

Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.