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In fact, driver profiling is worse than racial profiling, because the latter only implies that the police are more watchful, not that they criminalize race itself. Despite the propaganda, what's being criminalized in the case of drunk driving is not the probability that a person driving will get into an accident but the fact of the blood-alcohol content itself. A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm.

Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. , Mises Institute 39 Comments [8/14/2012 3:51:26 AM]
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TB Tabby

In fact, driver profiling is worse than racial profiling, because the latter only implies that the police are more watchful, not that they criminalize race itself.

But they're only watchful towards the race they're profiling against, and they send to see crimes that aren't there when they do so. (Why isn't this in RSTDT?)

Despite the propaganda, what's being criminalized in the case of drunk driving is not the probability that a person driving will get into an accident but the fact of the blood-alcohol content itself.

First off, your blood alcohol content isn't an inborn trait. Second, there is a proven fact that drunk drivers are a threat to everyone around them. It's one thing not to care about your own safety, but putting others at risk just because you want to drive drunk without getting arrested...that is just sick.

A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm.

Because said drunk driver very easily COULD have caused harm. If you don't want the scorn that's associated with driving drunk...DON'T DRIVE DRUNK. Seriously, how is this a thing?!

8/14/2012 4:09:34 AM

\m/>_<\m/

what.

edit: nope, still don't get it. is he implying driving drunk is less dangerous than being black? cos i know it's the other way around. unless you're:

a) black
b) wielding a shotgun
c) in a horror movie
d) you look at a photo of your loving family

source: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BlackDudeDiesFirst

and even then, racial profiling is still wrong.

can someone get me a clear explanation of what this dolt said? cos i'm confused right now

8/14/2012 4:27:24 AM



This should be in RSTDT.

8/14/2012 4:30:58 AM

cdcdrr

A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm.

The police don't need to humiliate a drunk driver, he's already done that himself. If you drive while drunk, you are a moron. And you are an even bigger moron for not seeing the common sense in these laws.

8/14/2012 5:02:46 AM

michael3ov

"A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm."

I have family members who have been killed and others whose lives have been destroyed from the loss because of drunk drivers, so my response to this comment is GOOD!

8/14/2012 5:11:41 AM

Doubting Thomas

Despite the propaganda, what's being criminalized in the case of drunk driving is not the probability that a person driving will get into an accident but the fact of the blood-alcohol content itself.

Because, you moron, we have to have a set standard which applies to everyone equally to make it legal, and it's generally agreed that a BAC of .08% or greater means that you're too impaired to drive a vehicle.

Also, "no harm, no foul" doesn't apply to our criminal justice system. If you want to change that, get in line behind the "legalize pot" crowd.

8/14/2012 5:22:08 AM

Mihangel apYrs

lost our job, did we after driving under the influence?

But of course you KNEW you could drive safely - afterall you'd done it before (probably)

8/14/2012 5:25:59 AM

Swede

My whole family (me included) could have been killed when a drunk driver drove straight into our car some 25 years ago; our car rolled around and landed on its roof. He wasn't particularly drunk, to my knowledge, perhaps just above the limit.

If he was humiliated by being hauled away in a police car, GOOD! My mother and I got concussions, my father kicked off a pedal with his foot and hurt the foot in the process, my sister hurt her tail-bone, my older little brother got a nose-bleed. We were all black and blue from the seat-belts keeping us in our seats. We would have all preferred a little bit of humiliation, rather than about a week's worth of pain and the aftermath of shock. The only one who was unhurt was my youngest brother, who sat in a baby-seat facing backwards.

The blood-alcohol content itself is what's causing the probability that a person will get into an accident, asshole!

8/14/2012 5:45:21 AM

Felix Wilde

Ahh Mises Institute, just redefing liberty all over the place aren't we? I don't think the fellow is racist (though I'd be easily swayed...), just confused by how to be a libertarian. protip: advocating institutionalised racism doesn't really make it.

Driving drunk is like throwing a bunch of knives in the air in a public place: Sure you might only hurt yourself, and you might not hurt anyone, but you are knowingly engaging in behaviour which may well seriously injure or kill bystanders. If you can't refrain from that sort of behaviour, you can't play with the other children.

@ Doubting Thomas: Not even close in rationale to legalising pot though! At least no one insists it should be legal to use while driving or working. If you want to alter your consciousness on your own time, in your own home, sure. While operating a one tonne metal box capable of 200km/h though...

Edit: 0.08? Damn, that's pretty tipsy for a lot of folks. In Australia it's 0.05 and we... Well, we drink a bit.

A lot.

My name's Straya, and I'm 15 million alcoholics.

8/14/2012 5:51:05 AM

farpadokly

Absolute rubbish.

8/14/2012 6:29:52 AM

farpadokly

This is individualism taken to its sociopathic extreme, ie, fuck everyone else.
If we're going to go this far, we might as well abandon all road laws, and whoever survives, survives.

8/14/2012 7:10:31 AM

Pacal

Love this comment:

"A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm."

Another Libertarian piece of nonsense. How the hell is being aressted for drunk driving mean that the person being arrested is "destroyed"?

I am amazed by so much sympathy for the idiot driving drunk and so little for the persons potential victims.


8/14/2012 7:14:25 AM

Vinroke

dafuq?

8/14/2012 7:25:19 AM

Anon-e-moose

"A drunk driver is humiliated and destroyed even when he hasn't done any harm."

Drunk Driving isn't wrong? Oooookayyyyy...! So no slippery slope there, nosiree!

...oh wait.

'Libertarianism'. Until something goes wrong.

8/14/2012 7:53:07 AM

Mayhem

Sideshow Bob: "Attempted murder! Pssht! Do they Nobel Prizes for attempted science?!"

8/14/2012 8:19:01 AM

Flah

Hands up, everyone who thinks Llewellyn H Rockwell Jr recently got a DWI rap.

*raises hand*

8/14/2012 8:32:52 AM

rubber chicken

Would you be happy with a drunk pilot ?

8/14/2012 8:48:08 AM

Skyknight

@Farpadokly: Actually, I've seen one or two pamphlets--I don't know if the author(s) identified outright as Libertarians--that actually CHAMPION the removal of road laws and traffic lights, as constricting of liberty. To them, self-interested wish to survive is enough to ensure that one won't be reckless. Presumably, those who WON'T follow safe driving on their own initiative deserve to die on account of not having a will to survive at all costs. I didn't see how they justified the death of anyone on the receiving end of a collision, though; maybe they thought there was something wrong/unfit/etc. with them if they didn't think to swerve at once?

8/14/2012 9:12:32 AM

John

Actually, he raises a good point. Drunk driving is what I call a "presumptive" law. That is, it punishes you not for the harm you actually caused but for what it was presumed you might do. In the case of drunk driving laws, the correlation between driving drunk and having accidents is so well-established that it's hard to argue against them. But in general, society should always be careful about passing presumptive laws. There's a fine line between presumption and bigotry and there are plenty of historical examples of laws that were on the wrong side of it.

8/14/2012 9:12:36 AM

nazani14

I think this nitwit is trying to say that drunk drivers shouldn't be pulled over until they've actually hit something or someone.

8/14/2012 9:24:35 AM

freako104

RSTDT. Also your argument can be applied to minorities being humiliated and they hurt no one. And the drunk is more likely to hurt someone

8/14/2012 9:54:49 AM

Kamism

LOL, figures they would be a free market supporting Institute.

@John

Fuck off and die, preferably by a drunk driver. But only after you got hit by it and were in the hospital, that way the irony could sink in.

8/14/2012 10:01:18 AM

Papabear

So we should do blood tests on African Americans to check for black content?

8/14/2012 10:10:48 AM

Brain_In_A_Jar

If alcohol had no measurable effect on the response time and judgement of human beings, this guy would have some kind of point.

Randroids produce arguments in flat-out denial of (ironically) objective reality disturbingly often. Apparently some libertarians can't even bear to have their freedom of action constrained by physical laws.

8/14/2012 10:24:41 AM

Skyknight

@John: There's a phrase you might want to acquaint yourself with--"reckless endangerment". That's what drunk driving laws fall under the heading of.

8/14/2012 10:28:53 AM
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