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Another Canary in The Coal Mine…

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Another canary in the coal mine has just dropped to the bottom of its cage. A few weeks back, I wrote about evidence that the bubble-ized new car business – “sales” inflated by the same kinds of financial flim-flam that gave us the housing bubble just about ten years ago – is on the verge of popping.…

No Smoking… In Your Own Car

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Soon, they’ll be coming for your cigarettes. In your car. See Sandra Bland. Or, the study released by the CDC that characterizes “second-hand smoke” as the latest threat to “safety” and (of course) “the children.” It urges what you’d expect: That it be made illegal to smoke in your own car, at least, if “the children” are present.…

Tesla All Fired Up…

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Tesla is all fired up. Literally. At a demo for media in Paris, a Model S went up in smoke. Caught fire, burned itself to a smoldering slag heap. At a media event (see here). Where – one assumes – there were reporters on hand. Not much reporting took place. To find out about this auto da…

Now Uncle is “Investing” in Tesla

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Elon Musk may be the ultimate crony capitalist – the PT Barnum of our time. But to give PT his due, he was an honest con man. He never used the government to make his marks hand over their money. People stepped right up without a bayonet in their backs. Elon, on the other hand,…

Who Watches the Watchmen?

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It’s one thing to be told you must obey the law. But what being told to obey a cop who is acting contrary to the law? This happens routinely – and (usually) without consequences. For the cop, that is. Here are a few examples: In many states, it is still legal to “open carry” – that…

A Big Got Damned Difference

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A reader – a Libertarian friend – chastises me for supporting Trump over Hillary; for supporting any candidate who isn’t a principled Libertarian. I thought some of you might be interested in a principled Libertarian’s thoughts on this business:  Dear X – Here’s a stark difference to consider: Hillary is a murderer. A mass murderer.…

Moby Dick in Your Glovebox

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The fact that a new car owner’s manual is novel length – some are longer than Moby Dick – says a lot about how out of hand things have become. Is this degree of complexity necessary or even desirable? More to the point, who has the time to deal with it? To actually read  730-plus…

Public Roads as Tesla’s Private Test Track

Tesla Introduces Self-Driving Features With Software Upgrade

Logic – let alone reasonableness – is not one of government’s stronger suits. There are many examples of this, but here’s a newsie one: The use of public roads as test tracks for Tesla (and Google) self-driving car technology. On the one hand, government rigidly persecutes “speeders” on the basis (so it is claimed) that driving…

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…