If I told you that you had a better chance of surviving a car accident while wearing a seat belt, and I backed it up with solid evidence – including a movie of crash test dummies – the reasonable person in you would agree with me, right? Besides, it makes sense that you’d survive because you’re not being tossed around the inside of your car or out your window like a rag doll. There would be no controversy, right?
There was a time in this silly country of ours when a large portion of the population opposed using seat belts. It wasn’t that they had some death wish or anything. The issue was that they were fed a set of outright lies about using seat belts by people who didn’t like seat belts. We’ll call those opponents “anti-belters”.
The anti-belters were opposed to seat belts because of one main thing: government mandates. They saw the government requiring seat belts in cars and people to wear them as an erosion of their rights and of the free market.
It should sound familiar because there is one huge troll in the anti-vax circles who – ironically enough – makes circular arguments against vaccines based on his anti-government ideas. He writes for several anti-vax blogs and his own that, of course, big pharma has paid-off the government to have the government mandate vaccines for schools. The troll argues that vaccines shouldn’t be a requirement to go to school but then rails against schools and other forms of collectivism in the same breath. You’re probably asking yourself, much like I am, what the (expletive deleted)? Right?
The reason the government mandated the use of seat belts is because seat belts save lives. Save lives, and you get more people to live and grow old and work and pay taxes and become productive citizens who improve the lives of others. Reduce the number of fatal car accidents and you get affordable car insurance that protects our free market economy by making it affordable to not go broke if you crash into someone and can’t work or you’re at fault and must pay.
It wasn’t a bad thing or a plot of any kind to have seat belts just like it’s not a plot or a bad thing to get enough people vaccinated so that those who cannot can grow up and grow old. I mean, Jesus Christ, why would anyone want smallpox-like plagues to come to us again for, what, a free market economy? A freedom to die for a stupid reason?
Look at me, I’m all worked up in a bar in Boise as I write this on my phone. (Expletive deleted) anti-vaxing troll. Get a (expletive deleted) clue!
Waiter, give me something stronger!