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The Not-So-Safe Self-Driving Car

Google self-driving car

Obeying the law can sometimes get you killed. Humans – those not asleep at the proverbial wheel – know this. Self-driving cars don’t. They are programmed to be obey every law, all the time – regardless of circumstances. This is creating problems. Potentially, fatalities. Example: Up ahead, there’s a red light. Your autonomous Google car…

The Second Income Tax

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One of the reasons people haven’t got much money anymore is probably due to the fact that the insurance mafia takes more and more of it all the time. Using the government as its muscle. First car, now “health.” Soon, no doubt, mandatory life insurance will be required as well. Insurance has become a de facto…

Atlas Shrugging

Atlas shrugged image

It may be that Atlas is beginning to shrug. You remember Atlas. The mythical giant who struggles to support the world on his mighty shoulders. One day, his strength gives out. Or his will. His desire to bear the burden. So, he shrugs. Volkswagen just did exactly that. The automaker says it cheated on federal emissions…

At Least The Yugo Was Cheap…

Tesla lemons pic

Tesla has no more business being in business than Yugo. Which isn’t anymore. So why is Tesla? Because political correctness, crony capitalism – and a hallucinatory desire to believe in a mirage; to refuse to admit that what you think you see in the distance isn’t actually there; that your mind isn’t playing tricks on you.…

Unintended Consequences

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Ever wonder why people throw empty beer bottles out the window – rather than just throw them in the trash when they get home? Could any of it have to do with fear of being found in possession of an “open container” – and of the severe penalties that one would face in that event,…

Libertopia?

Libertopia

One of the loudest catcalls Libertarians get is that their ideas are “utopian” and thus, unrealistic. It’s a brilliant tactic because, of course, it sets up a false argument. One that can’t be won. Utopia – literally, nowhere – cannot exist. By definition. If Libertarians advocate utopia, then they are advocating the impossible. This is…

Speed Averages

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Few people with working brains respect the obviously stupid. Which explains why almost everyone disrespects posted speed limits … by ignoring them. Any law or edict  that is almost universally ignored can be safely presumed stupid. Or – as here – cynically dismissed as a tool for separating people’s money from their persons. Most speed limits (and thus,…

What We’re Up Against

authoritarian lead

The following is an example of the Augean Stables that will have to be mucked out before there is any hope for a rebirth of liberty in this country. It was submitted by what I fear is the typical American nowadays – the reflexive authoritarian, moral illiterate and market economics ignoramus. EPautos readers refer to such…

The Next “Safety” Jihad

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When things get ridiculous they tend to become hilarious. Or, pathetic – and aggravating. Example: The government wants to require that hybrid and electric cars be fitted with devices that make them noisy, so that the blind will be aware of their presence. See here. Apparently, there is an epidemic of blind – whoops, visually…