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Uncomfortable Independence Day Questions

Farce of July

Here comes another Fourth of July - a good time to ask some serious questions – and ponder just how “free” we really are:    * Why is it ok to celebrate violent resistance to a government by our wig-wearing ancestors, but “extremist” to say anything negative about government today? * If people can’t be trusted to govern themselves, how is…

What Made The Light Go On?

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The “light” goes on for different reasons – and at different times. I entered young adulthood a “small government” conservative, probably because it appeared to jibe with my instinctive dislike of being told what to do (and not do) by various authority figures. I even did volunteer work while a college student for the second…

The Fix Was In From The Beginning

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I threw the Constitution in the woods years ago, when I became aware of its true nature as a document empowering government rather than protecting the rights of the people. The historic fact is the Constitution was intended to gut the rights of the people; it was only as an afterthought that the Bill of…

Esurance Is Watching You . . Or Soon Will Be

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed off on a “plan” (you know there’s trouble brewing whenever a control freak politician announces he has a “plan”) touted as a way to “discourage” teen drivers from texting while driving but which will inevitably lead to adults being under the constant (and ever-more-profitable) thumb of the insurance mafia.…

A Moment’s Feel of Freedom

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I rode my bike without wearing a helmet the other day – just to remind myself of what it felt like to live in a semi-free country. It felt damned good. Helmets are to motorcycling what clumsy prophylactics are to sex. They interfere with the experience. Limit the experience. Don’t tell me about “safety.” In the…

Clover and The Fourth Amendment

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A Clover – EPautos’ term for people of the left and right persuasion, who love government force and despise individual rights – wrote the following love note to me in response to a post about Florida cops randomly stopping people and forcing them to submit to an inspection of the contents of their beverage cups…

Hoplophobia?

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The other day, two defective 12-year-old girls decided to try to impress a fictitious Internet character called Slenderman by stabbing their friend 19 times. It doesn’t get much worse than that, human depravity-wise. Yet, no primal scream emanating from an emotionally overwrought parent to ban or even “control” knives. Why? I’ve been trying to parse it. A knife (any…

Inflation and Oil Changes

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They tell us inflation – the benign-sounding word used to euphemize the deliberate devaluation of our money by simply creating new money (pieces of paper) out of thin air and flooding the economy with it – is “only” running about 2 percent of so annually. If so, why has the cost of a quart of…

But How Would Roads Get Built?

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Why is it that some people – most people, unfortunately – short-circuit when the idea of roads built by other-than-coercive methods comes up? McDonald’s doesn’t need to force people to buy Quarter Pounders. Those who want them, buy them. Those who don’t – don’t. My gym has a membership fee. If you want to use…

A New Species of Clover

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When things start going bad, they almost always get worse. Driving, for instance. Passivity and ineptitude behind the wheel have been almost deified as the apotheosis of “defensive” and “safe” driving. Not surprisingly, passive and inept driving is now the rule rather than the exception. One can never – apparently – be too “safe.” Hence,…