ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the pavement. . . . State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets. . . . Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.
While I'm sure Contos's co-religionists will just say, well, that was his choice to make, but ...
What if Mr. Contos had responsibilities, such as children to support or an elderly parent to care for? Will the state have to assume those responsibilities now?
What if he had suffered a severe brain injury, but lived, and ended up costing the people of New York millions of dollars in Medicaid expenses over the next 20 years or so? Is it really in the interest of liberty for him to have the unrestricted license to put those burdens on others?
Libertarianism is utterly inane.