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The Window’s Closing

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2014 is the year we turned a historically significant corner. The self-driving car is officially in the works now; it is no longer speculative fiction. In a very real way, self-driving cars are already here. Several current model year vehicles can park themselves, for instance. As I type this, there is a new Lexus GS350…

The Affordable Coffee Act

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I mean, why not? If government – using its magical powers – can make health care “affordable” why not make everything people need (and hell, everything they want) affordable? It’s a little mean-spirited to lower the cost of going to the doctor, but do nothing to make a Starbucks latte – or a new Corvette…

Drive at Your Own Pace

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On the main road that bisects my rural county, I typically lope along at 75 or so. This, to me – for me – is a reasonable speed. It’s within my comfort zone. Not so fast that I feel I’m pushing my limits as a driver – or the limits of the car. I state…

Tax By Mile Goose Steps Forward

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I hate to say I told you so . . .  but, yeah, I told you so. The fuel-efficient (and planet friendly) hybrid/electric vehicles the government has been aggressively encouraging people to buy via generous (with other people’s money) manufacturer and retail subsidies/tax incentives? The ever-upticking of federal fuel efficiency mandates  -  set to crest…

I Am Not a Christian, But . . .

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Religious belief is ok with me. So is not-belief. I wish more Libertarians – and even “conservative” minarchist (small government) types – were also ok with either. There is an important lesson to be learned from the Russian Revolution. The Bolsheviks were the minority. Yet they achieved power. Why? Because the Mensheviks and other not-Bolsheviks…

Peacekeeping II: Addendum

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My article on “A Return to Peacekeeping” (here) has done what I had hoped – prompt serious discussion about practical ways to ratchet down the police state  . . . before it’s too late. Several additional doable/reasonable/common sense reforms have come up. These include: * Take away their guns – It is all-too-easy for cops…

A Step Back Toward Peace Keeping

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I grew up in an America with cops in the background. Most people – being not criminals – had almost no interaction with them and when they did it was generally civil and far more important, almost always on equal terms – with the cop respectful of the citizen. It goes without saying that’s all…

If It’s Not About The Money . . .

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Ron Martin of Frisco, Texas says his goal is the same as that of police: To encourage safe driving. But the cops’ goal, of course, is different. Their goal is revenue collection. As much of it as possible. By any means possible. “Safe driving” is the window dressing – nothing more. Martin was arrested by…

If Your Car Doesn’t “Talk”. . .

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Sometime this year, unelected bureaucrats in the bowels of  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – the federal regulatory apparat that issues “rules” (that is, arbitrary orders we’re all forced to obey) governing how new cars are to be made -  may issue a rule fundamentally different from all the rules that have gone before. Because…