Friday, February 10, 2012

"I think that you've got to understand that if you save even one life, you are saving the whole world."

This is what Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said when signing a bill to allow "speed cameras" to robotically ticket people for speeding in Chicago.

I just want to point out that his quote is nonsense. If followed even one step towards its logical conclusion this principle would absolutely require the abolition of all automobiles. After all, thousands and thousands of people are killed by automobiles every year. Why stop with the "speed camera" or "red light camera"? Why not outlaw cars? Or even roads?

Perhaps the answer is that some other principle is at work here. Maybe something about raising money from traffic tickets. Just a wild guess.

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