Author Archive | Eric Peters

Governmentalized GM

What’s the first thing that happens after a bad relationship ends? A new relationship begins. Sometimes, not quite before the old/bad one has entirely ended. Often, without much though about the consequences of decisions made in the heat of the moment. It’s interesting to think about all that as word arrives about GM’s apparent decision […]

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GM’s Newest Rip-Off

Renting is a much better deal than buying . . . for the landlord. You – the renter – never own anything. But you pay for everything. Forever. This appears to be GM’s view of the future of cars, which it plans to rent to you rather than sell to you. It’s actually sound policy – […]

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Whatever Happened to the Volvo?

Volvo – the famously Swedish car company now owned by the Chinese – was famous once upon a time for the crashworthiness of its vehicles. You may recall. They were built heavy and boxy, specifically designed to withstand rollovers (the roof would support the weight of the car) and to be survivable in wrecks that would […]

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A Tire Too Good To Be True?

You can’t inflate it – and you can’t puncture it. It always runs flat. Potholes don’t faze it – and there’s no possibility of bending the wheel because there isn’t one to bend. That’s the hype for the non-pneumatic tire (NPT) and wheel – an integrated assembly made of a flexible polyurethane material formed into a spoked/honeycomb-like […]

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America’s Exotic Car

The Corvette used to be America’s sports car. It will soon be America’s exotic car. Something gained – maybe something lost. The next one – on deck for 2019 – will apparently be mid-engined, exotic in itself and certainly by Corvette-historic standards. The pushrod/two valve V8 will still be there, of course – one assumes […]

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Strong Passions Can Endanger the State

Strong passions can erupt in unpredictable ways. The government understands this – and desires that strong passions be diverted in a harmless – to the government – way. Enter the cultivated, culturally and socially enforced obsession with organized, mass spectacle sports. Fuuhhhhhtttttball especially but also the others. These games – a new one to keep people busy almost every […]

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Another Gov’t Orgy of Destruction

You’ve heard the saying that history repeats . . . as farce? Well, here we are. Not quite ten years after the government paid people to throw away perfectly good used cars to “stimulate” demand for new ones – the despicable Cash for Clunkers program – the government is doing the same thing again. Only […]

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SkyDiving Without a Parachute

Given how expensive traffic tickets are, it’s amazing so many people won’t buy a good radar detector. Unlike the car you’re driving, it actually is an investment – and not just in terms of the money it will save you. A good radar detector will also make driving enjoyable again. Instead of hewing to the […]

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Elon’s Carbon Con

People sometimes said Ayn Rand’s writing was . . . heavy. Obvious, too. Villains with names too good to be true (or believable). Elsworth Monkton Tooey… rhymes with … things unpleasant. Well, how about Elon Musk. Something definitely stinks. The latest being the Crony Capitalist King’s suck-up to President Trump to impose carbon taxes… which […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

In Washington, President Trump announced that environmental regulations are “out of control” – and promised to get them back under control. In Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo (which sounds about as French as fries) has issued a fatwa banning diesel-powered cars built before the model year 2001 – and is hoping to ban them all the […]

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Is This America?

America is in trouble because Americans got lazy. Not so much physically but morally. They began to care more about some passing thing than about the things that truly matter; the things that made America, unlike other places. Better than other places. Things like principles; the plain meaning of words. The Fourth and Fifth Amendments, […]

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Great Car Engines, RIP

Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is an example and so is the small block Chevrolet V8. Both were in continuous production for decades. For generations. Current Prices on popular forms of Silver Bullion Beetles were still being […]

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It Makes My Teeth Hurt

At the Detroit Auto Show reveal of the soon-to-be-produced hybrid Ford Mustang, marketing manager Mark Schaller said the following: “The world has figured out a way to take that technology and use it for performance… that will be the way we use that technology for this car . . .  it’s not meant to be a […]

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Should NASCAR Be Sued for Fraud?

How come no one has ever brought a fraud case against NASCAR? The acronym stands for National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. Italics added. What is “stock” – i.e., production car-like – about any of these full-on, purpose-built race cars? The baldest facedly hilarious example of automotive cognitive dissonance may be the full-on race […]

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But There’d Be No Roads

Along with the Myth of Authority – the idea that being ordered about by other people is legitimate so long as those people have given themselves titles or wear uniforms – there is this idea that absent government, we’d never have things like roads. Much less plowed roads. It snowed hard over the weekend and […]

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Kill People, No Problem

A VW engineer may be going to prison – and has already been professionally (and probably personally) ruined… for having “cheated” the EPA. Which is like expelling a picked-on kid who outsmarted the playground bully. Which, of course, is what often happens now. Whether it’s the schoolyard bully – or the EPA (or other “agencies” […]

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Laws Don’t Apply to Heroes

Here’s a video documenting another case of law enforcers not enforcing the law… on law enforcers. A man who had been issued a ticket – that is, ordered to hand over a sum of money as punishment for violating the law requiring both a front and a rear license plate – went to the local […]

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Driving Under the Influence

An interesting case out of California (of course) has a man being prosecuted for “driving under the influence”… of caffeine. Joseph Schwab was pulled over by a California cop – an Alcoholic Beverage Control cop – who accused him of cutting her off and driving “erratically.” Like a dentist in search of cavities to help […]

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Things You Should Never Do

A good mechanic often has the scars to prove it. My friend Tim – a professional mechanic with years of experience – just acquired a new one the other day. While removing a bolt from a hard-to-get-at place, a jagged edge caught flesh and took a good sized chunk out of his ring finger (ironic, […]

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Buying Diesel?

Is it still a good idea – from an economic point-of-view – to buy a diesel-powered car? The answer’s no longer as clear-cut as it used to be when the answer was an unqualified yes. When diesel engines were simpler, cheaper to operate and more durable than gas engines. When their mileage was much better […]

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