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A Libertarian Lexicon

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Well, an EPautos Libertarian Lexicon! I get asked frequently about the meaning of some commonly used terms, known to EPautos regulars but less well-known to people new to this corner of the Libertarian universe. These form the core lingua franca of the dialogue here, but much more important, they serve as a convenient shorthand for conveying certain…

Hillary Wants You to Drive 55… Again

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Donald Trump doesn’t want to Drive 55 – but Hillary does. Well, she wants us to drive 55. The Dear Leader’s armored limo, of course, is not subject to any speed limits. They are for the Little People (that’s us) only. And if Hillary becomes Dear Leader, we may be driving 55 again. Here she…

Affronting Huitzilopochtli

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With real crimes – that is, actions that result in real harm to real people – it is easy enough to objectively define the crime. You either did – or didn’t take something that belongs to someone else. You either did – or did not – hurt someone else. If you did, then it’s right…

Full Service is Back . . . If Uncle Allows it

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Maybe you remember full-service gas stations. Not like in New Jersey today. Where – by law – you ‘re forced to wait for a lout (whoops, “attendant”) to slouch on over and eventually gas up your car … and usually, your fender, too. He takes his time, doesn’t care whether your time matters. And you…

Why I Like The Donald and May Even Vote for Him

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Voting amounts to answering that question about whether you’ve stopped beating your wife. There’s no winning. Best to keep your mouth shut. But – god help me –  I may just vote for Trump. Not because I like Trump – I suspect his Dear Leader tendencies – but because I love what he has done to Jeb! and…

Uncle’s Roads…

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When you’re a Libertarian, you get challenged a lot to conjure what things would be like absent Uncle’s interventions. For example, roads. The contra argument – against privately built and managed roads – always presumes that things as they are, including particularly the existing network of government-built roads, is the only way things ever could be. How…

The Crony Capitalist King

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If Elon Musk’s various projects are so Iron Man fabulous, why do they all need so much government “help”? Shouldn’t Tesla – and Solar City and SpaceX – be able to stand on their merits… if they actually have merit? Tesla fanbois – and Musk himself – will tell you all about the virtues of…

The Crush

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Hidden in VW’s announcement yesterday that it was “setting aside” nearly $9 billion to buy back – and destroy – about half a million diesel-powered cars convicted of “cheating” Uncle’s emissions tests was a statement by CEO Matthias Mueller that tells us how craven – and divorced from reality – car company CEOs are these…

Tax-by-Mile and the End of Civilized Society

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Most people don’t go gray overnight; it is a gradual process. But one day, you wake up, look in the mirror and… you’re hair has gone all white. It’s the same with things like tax-by-mile. This can’t, for practical reasons, be decreed overnight. For one thing, most of the cars in service – or at…

Agencies and Apparatchiks

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Why is the government even involved in dictating “safety” standards for new cars? Did the EPA ever get put to a vote? These are legitimate questions. But rarely asked – and forget about answered. The Constitution lists – enumerates – the specific powers the government is supposed to have. The Constitution also clearly states that…