Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rights – vs. What Ifs and Mights

“Rights” – like “freedom” – is one of those terms that means different things to different people. Often, mutually contradictory things. Perhaps the simplest way to identify a right is to ask whether its exercise causes a provable harm to another. Not “might” harm a theoretical “someone.” (Or – much worse – “I don’t like…

Moving Along ….

Time passes, things change. Have you noticed that while most new cars are much harder to get into without a key, once you’re in – the glovebox is easy to access? Because there’s no lock for that. Just pop the catch. Locked gloveboxes seem to have disappeared about the same time that having two keys…

Naked Zeds on the Brain

I have a garage full of naked Zeds – including a ’76 Kz900, which is essentially identical to the more famous Z1900 Kaw introduced in ’73 and which quickly became the dominant superbike of the early-mid-’70s.  (Main differences between the two being mine doesn’t have reflectors built into the front fork lowers). This one has…

Permission Slips Instead of Rights

Our slavery is ingenious because it’s so very subtle. Most people not only don’t see (much less feel) their shackles – they get angry when someone calls attention to them. Most people, in other words, still imagine themselves to be free. This despite the obvious fact that they must first beg – and obtain –…