Is driving an automobile really a privilege, or a right?Submitted by fonzdrew on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 16:03
Since I can remember, I've been told by government employees, teachers, and even family (who I'm sure learned it from their schools) that driving a car is a privilege, not a right. Is driving a vehicle really just a privilege? Let's examine this for a moment.
If we believe in individual liberty and the free markets, then that alone is enough to disprove this theory. Before the automobile, people traveled by train, horse, or feet, and that was not considered a privilege, because to own a horse or ride on a train was your right to purchase, as it was the right for the person to sell you the horse or the ticket.
Freedom to travel, or freedom of movement, is a natural right. When the government states that driving is a privilege, and then requiring us to receive a license to operate a automobile, then they can take away that "privilege" if they feel the need, therefore they presume the right of being in charge of a form of travel. In this situation, they have come between us and a car dealership, negating a transaction between two free individuals within a so called "free market", which it no longer appears to be.
Finally, a driver license was not put in place until the 1900's, and in every state by 1918*, which means that before government assumed ownership of travel per automobile, it was a right, though short lived.