31 January 2011

Georgia on My Mind

Karl Denninger has some good news from the Peach State:

A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver's licenses.
State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, has filed House Bill 7, calling it the "Right to Travel Act."
In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right."
Yes they do.
The State can Constitutionally require licensure of those who wish to use the roads for commerce.  That is, if you want to drive a truck and deliver goods for hire, or a bus delivering people for hire, the State has a right to require a license to use the roads for the purpose of commercial activity.
But an inherent part of fundamental liberty interests of a free people is the right to change one's location.  You have a right to use the means common in the present day to do so for personal, non-commercial purposes.

I’ve never understood how anyone could justify licensure of noncommercial motorcraft.  I guess it’s intended to promote safety, but this analysis seems flawed.

It’s important to keep in mind that safety is not absolute.  Safety is a tradeoff, and it’s a tradeoff with freedom.  The more you have of one, the less you have of the other.  Furthermore, the constitution has already determined for people living within the United States what the limits to this tradeoff are.

I hope this bill passes in Georgia, and I hope that other states follow suit.

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