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The Car Bubble … and Cash for Clunkers II?

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A guy who smokes meth can pull a week of 15 hour days. But come next week… . That’s how artifical “incentives” work on the economy. On the macro level, it is the Boom – and Bust – business cycle, whose unnatural peaks and valleys are caused by manipulation of money and credit, which causes…

We Can Live With Communists

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A Libertarian can live in peace with a communist or a fascist – or even a Republican or a Democrat. Let ‘em get together, buy a compound, admit like-minded people to their group and do their thing. God bless ’em. The Libertarian will not bother them. He won’t tax ‘em, regulate ‘em or attempt to…

First They Came for the V8s…

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First they came for the V8s. They were common, once. Most cars – ordinary family cars – usually had one under the hood. High school kids drove V8-powered used cars. Anyone Gen X or older will remember. And then they were gone. Well, not entirely. V8s are still around –  but they’re no longer common.…

Fixing The Problem

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And yes, it is a problem. Whether you are a “law and order” type or otherwise. In fact, especially if you are a “law and order” type. Because, simply put, cops are not subject to the same law and order as the rest of us – and that is a problem. For them as much as us.…

When Uncle “Cheats,” it’s OK

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Apparently, it’s ok for Uncle to “cheat.” Not on emissions tests, as VW is being stoned to death for doing, but on federal fuel efficiency requirements (CAFE, in Uncle-speak). Would you believe he is not only going to triple the “gas guzzler” fines applied to any automaker that doesn’t make the CAFE cut – the…

Is The Fix in?

Hillary

Trump is no dummy. Because he did not pick Newtie. Had he done so, he might as well have put Romney at the head of the ticket and retired to Mira Lago. The selection of Pence shows that while Trump is no Libertarian, he’s not another “bipartisan” – and so Born to Lose  – Republican. With Pence,…

Sexual Assault is a Crime … Except Sometimes

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Sexual assault is a crime… except when it’s done by an armed government worker (that is, a law enforcer). How else to describe the horror visited on a South Dakota man named Dirk Sparks? He was suspected of having ingested a “drug” arbitrarily decreed to be illegal by the same government that just as arbitrarily…

“Healthy Choices”

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People have been trained not to think with precision – to use words sloppily – a necessary bit of groundwork for authoritarian demagogues to succeed. For example, it is easy  – because people don’t think about it precisely – to characterize Libertarians as “selfish” because they (supposedly) don’t want to “help” others. You know, like Democrats…

One Thing at a Time

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If you’ve ever restored an old car or a motorcycle – a basket case that needs everything – you know the importance of focusing on one thing at a time. Because it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the totality of the mess. The last bike I restored (a ’75 Kawasaki S1 triple) I started with just the…