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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,…

The Old Car Loophole – When Will It Be Closed?

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They haven’t – yet – succeeded in “controlling” guns. Taking them out of our control, that is.  One reason for this is the ferocious pushback from gun owners, who are numerous and take the threat posed by even innocuous-seeming schemes such as “background checks” and bans of “high capacity” magazines (and so on) very seriously.…

Heebie Jeebies

Safety last

There is a downside to getting these brand-new cars to test drive all the time. I know what’s coming before you do. A hint, the leading edge. The camel’s nose under the tent. It’s just a whiff, sometimes. But the aroma is unmistakable. The smell of Uncle. His filthy presence, spoiling all the fun. It…

Hands in Our Pockets

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Most of us would probably be ok, money-wise . . . if the government weren’t constantly taking so much of our money. Even when you try to live frugally, government makes life almost impossibly expensive. I’ll give you an example, True Story-style. Almost exactly ten years ago, I bought a used 1998 pick-up truck for…