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June 16, 2013 3:04 PM Traffic stop reminder why libertarianism is awful

By Samuel Knight

New Hampshire is known for it’s wacky libertarian types. Hell, the state has even attracted a couple hundred of them who picked up and moved there in a bid to eventually overrun the place — they call their movement the Free State Project.

But today, a seemingly non-ideological event in the Granite State offers us a reminder of why libertarianism is terrible — how one person’s personal freedom can really infringe upon others’.

Via the AP:

Police say a motorcyclist has been charged with topping speeds of 150 mph on a New Hampshire interstate highway.
State police say a trooper in an unmarked car spotted the motorcyclist on Interstate 93 in New Hampton on Saturday afternoon. The trooper says he clocked him driving 130 to 152 mph in a 65-mph zone while weaving in and out of traffic.
The officer called ahead to another trooper, who stopped the rider at a toll plaza, 45 miles south in Hooksett.

To be fair to New Hampshire (a fine state that I have been to a number of times), the motorcyclist was from Massachusetts. But perhaps he was inspired by the “Live Free or Die” motto on all the New Hampshire license plates he was roaring past. He very nearly did both, and took others with him.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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