One of the more ambivalent results of my poll was the area of vehicle and driver licensing. My unthinking reaction is that we need it and that government should do it.
But when I thought about it a little more, I was a lot less certain. It is, after all, an area where I'd be encouraging government regulation. And you would also then have to accept all the regulations that apply to driving, like speed limits and "keep left, pass right" and "this sign means you have to do this" and so on.
And I wondered, from an anarchist point of view how I'd feel about driving on completely unregulated roads. I initially thought that insurance would be extortionate, although if it wasn't compulsory, the market would probably counteract that - people would insure on their expectations, rather than taking it up the arse because the government said we had to.
But would the compromise of knowing that most drivers have at least a basic level of skill and all tentatively agree on the same basic rules improve safety to the point that we would have a better life? Or would the fact that you really would have to assume that everyone else out there was an uninsured, untrained driver make people drive more carefully and courteously?
It's an interesting thought.