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The State Conquers the Parking Lot

August 26, 2005 by

The federal and state governments pass handicapped parking laws, and the local agencies enforce them by proxy. No matter how private you believe your property is — a small law firm, a dance studio, a picture frame shop — some of your property, the most desirable part of your property, must be reserved by order of government decree.

There is a strong symbolizing here, not unlike that associated with a conquering army and its flag. The handicapped parking sign serves as a constant reminder that the state is supreme and may take the first proceeds of anything you do.

Opponents of liberty and the free market would have everyone believe that without government intervention there would be few or no parking spaces reserved for the handicapped. How much better had this problem been left for markets to solve? [FULL ARTICLE]

{ 53 comments }

Kim May 29, 2008 at 11:54 am

I think you are an idiot. I am a 23 year old female with painful RA and on most days in most lots I can not find a handicap parking. They are never available for “hours”. There are not enough of them . Healthy people can park far away and walk ( maybe this will help with the weight problem of Americans). Don’t be lazy and cold hearted!

Kim May 29, 2008 at 11:54 am

I think you are an idiot. I am a 23 year old female with painful RA and on most days in most lots I can not find a handicap parking. They are never available for “hours”. There are not enough of them . Healthy people can park far away and walk ( maybe this will help with the weight problem of Americans). Don’t be lazy and cold hearted!

Paul May 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

It seems hysterical cripples think they’re exempt from the rule that comments on the Mises Blog must be intelligent and civil.

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