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Maybe Napoleon Was Right…

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Napoleon believed in liberty – just not for most people. Most people, he reportedly said, are herd-cattle not capable of living as individuals in society without the external restraint of authority to keep them from abusing one another. Most men, in other words, are only kept at bay – kept from committing acts of violence…

Escalation

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One of the worst aspects (and there are many) of “law enforcement” in Late-Empire America is the unwarranted – rapid and violent – escalation of response by police, often out of all proportion to the original “offense” and when the “offender” is clearly no physical threat to the cop or anyone else. For example, there’s…

Debt by a Thousand Little Cuts….

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In Medieval times, supposedly, there was a punishment called “death by a thousand cuts,” designed to make the process as long and as painful as possible. In modern times, the state does what amounts to the same thing to our finances – and thus, to our financial security – via a tower of taxes and…

2011: A DMV Odyssey

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Big Brother’s doing a bit more than just watching you these days. Remember the last time you got your driver’s license renewed? You may recall the procedure for taking your picture was a bit different than it used to be. Instead of the usual “smile”! you might have been told to do no such thing…

Over-insured America

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I wish more people would stop to think about what making any product mandatory will necessarily do its cost – as well as to the “service” provided. If you can’t say no, there’s little, if any, incentive for the manufacturer/provider to keep costs in line, or please its “customers” – a term that’s sickeningly inappropriate…

Why Casey Anthony Got Away With it…

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I know why child-killer Casey Anthony was found (cough) “not guilty.” It’s the same reason why American drivers – most of them – will never dare turn right on red (even if the way is obviously clear) or pass a slowpoke over the double yellow, even if the double yellow used to be an official…

Life in the Slow Fast Lane

In the ’80s, when most cars were slow, you could drive fast and mostly get away with it. Or at least. you could do it and (usually) not risk a beating – or a shooting. True, you’d get a ticket if you got caught. But speeding wasn’t all that big a deal back then. Tazers…

Seeing Yellow… But Not For Very Long

Ever get the feeling that traffic lights stay yellow for shorter intervals than they used to? Turns out, you’re not imagining it. Yellow intervals have been shortened at traffic lights in many areas around the country, courtesy of the government officials responsible for writing national transportation guidelines. Some signals stay yellow only about 70 percent…

When America Went Crazy

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America lost its mind 146 years ago and hasn’t been the same since. Or rather, it’s been a different country ever since. A psychotic, self-referential, duplicitous country – largely ignorant of its own history and convinced of its messianic role in world affairs. A country not merely content to live – and let live. But…

Conversations With a Clover….

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In honor of July 4 – the lingering spirit of it, if not the actuality – I decided to publish a “letter to Clover” as a way to show how anti-freedom people think. Maybe “think” is not the exactly right term to use to describe the mental processes of a Clover. It’s more a combination…