Nothing Says Liberty Like A Government License Plate

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I don't think it's all that

I don't think it's all that ironic for moderate libertarians to get excited about the license plates. Less-moderates and outright radicals getting excited would be, of course.

I stand corrected. Thank

I stand corrected. Thank you.

According to Wikipedia, the

According to Wikipedia, the statue was built with private funds raised in France, and erected with private funds raised in the US.

Commissioned by the

Commissioned by the government, though, I believe.

Anybody know any better?

you mean built by the French

you mean built by the French

With a Statue on it built by

With a Statue on it built by the government.

I've always thought the irony of that is harmful to the cause.

"While I see the irony in

"While I see the irony in the LP license plates, I can’t say that I’m personally against license plates. If a car brushes by and knocks me off my bike, then tries to take off, one of the saving graces is that I (or another witness) can quickly spot the plate numbers. "

So you would also support ID numbers tattooed on peoples foreheads, or perhaps required uniforms with our national ID numbers on them? Just in case we might do something illegal, it makes it easy to identify us, right?

It's the same thing, you know.

It's not the same thing.

It's not the same thing. It's a similar thing that can be distinguished.

I wouldn't have a problem

I wouldn't have a problem with it, but if some of the proceeds go to benefit the government I'd guess that some hard-liners might argue that "it puts a gun to people's heads!" Do any of the additional proceeds go the mainstream bureacracy, or just to benefit the Lib Party?

-Matt

Ah, I don't think that it's

Ah, I don't think that it's ironic or out of line, really. Think about it: the Libertarian Party is a political party which nominates and campaigns for Public Government Office. On the other hand, if the license plate was for small-L libertarians, who are more attached to the ideology of liberty than they are the Political Process, then I could see more of a point.

Yeah I am guessing that the

Yeah I am guessing that the French taxpayers didn't club together for the statue...their goverment did it in their name. I think the Don't Tread on Me logo would be far more appropriate.

While I see the irony in the

While I see the irony in the LP license plates, I can't say that I'm personally against license plates. If a car brushes by and knocks me off my bike, then tries to take off, one of the saving graces is that I (or another witness) can quickly spot the plate numbers.

This is just one more reason

This is just one more reason no one takes the LP seriously. Encouraging the purchase of what is a symbol of the government's unnecessary intervention into our lives - that's not the message they should be sending, IMO.

There's a hardliner for you.

There's a hardliner for you. Shout out to scott for posting all those wonderful things about Texas Hold 'em.

Hey, I love gambling. What

Hey, I love gambling. What can I say?

Reminds me of several years

Reminds me of several years ago when the Post Office put out Ayn Rand stamps. A couple Randian friends of mine bought hundreds. They said that was so for years whenever they sent in an income tax statement or vehicle registration bill or any government payment, they could snub their nose at the government by stamping it with an advocate of freedom.

I thought, "Yeah, that'll show 'em."

see

see http://iceberg18.blogspot.com/2005/06/and-so-truth-comes-out.html

for another license plate post

How about a non-government

How about a non-government license plate?

Nice find, Ghertner.

Nice find, Ghertner.

Damn lawyers, always

Damn lawyers, always distinguishing things.

So you would also support ID

So you would also support ID numbers tattooed on peoples foreheads, or perhaps required uniforms with our national ID numbers on them? Just in case we might do something illegal, it makes it easy to identify us, right?

It’s the same thing, you know.

No, it's not.

Sitting in my room, I just looked out the window and saw a woman walking her dog. I can roughly describe her age, race, hair color, hair style, height, bodily physique, and clothing on a moment's notice, and she's also on foot.

Damn if I could pick out the Ford pickup truck that whizzed by a few minutes eariler.

I'm a pretty avid walker and biker, and I feel somewhat better knowing that if I'm somehow hit by a drunk, I might be able to see at least part of the license plate number as I'm reeling on the ground. Whether I'm contradicting myself or not, I just can't drink the Libertarian kool-aid on this one.

Whether I’m contradicting

Whether I’m contradicting myself or not, I just can’t drink the Libertarian kool-aid on this one.

That's why we love you, Doug.

Today, July 1, is the first

Today, July 1, is the first time in about 60 years I could buy an indiana vanity tag without most of the fee going to the D and R parties, zip to the LP. It was over a million $ last year.
I have a friend whose car is owned by his offshore company, with a tag from the cayman islands or whereever. He doesn't have a big problem with parking tickets. It might be feasible to have maryland LP tags by locating a business there.. i don't know the details.

I hope everyone understands

I hope everyone understands that even in a libertarian society one would be required to have license plates, drivers licenses, mandatory insurance, and such. If I was private road operator I certainly wouldn't see the financial incentive of letting just any old fool drive around on my road. I might just get sued.