Eric Peters


How Uncle Killed Pontiac

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Arguably, Pontiac was the greatest of GM divisions, and its demise the saddest. Unknown to most, it didn't die a natural death, but was strangled by Fed regulation.

How Uncle Killed Pontiac

The French philosopher-economist Frederic Bastiat wrote about the unseen repercussions of government interfering with the market’s natural progressions. In other words, what might have been. Perhaps the saddest four words in the language.

When Air Bags Kill

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

What gives the government the right to force people to buy things they may not want? And what happens when these things prove dangerous and deadly?

When Air Bags Kill

Well, how ’bout it?

Making The Best Of "Climate Change"

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

With global warming missing in action, the premature onset of cold, winter weather means drivers need to think about how best to prepare their cars for the slushy, icy white stuff.

Making The Best Of

The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al?

"Revenue Collection" … in Reverse

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

But there are ways of fighting back – without actually fighting. I’ve come up with a better way – a passive way. Let forgetfulness be your ally.

It’s not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we’re forced to pay on “our” property in order to maintain the fiction we – rather than the government –  “own” it. These taxes eviscerate the “freedoms” which “the troops” are purportedly fighting for and make a mockery of the annual summer celebration whose name I will not mention - much in the same way that sitting on Santa’s lap and dragging a pine tree into the living room makes a mockery of another day.

Roasted Kids

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 04 August 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

The irresponsibility of a very few parents ought not to impose an outrageous cost in technology and regulation on the rest of the nation.

Roasted Kids

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you already know all about it. And you know what’s coming on account of it. Homer’s car – you know – the one designed by Homer Simpson, with every Rube Goldberg-esque gewgaw imaginable by the mind of a cartoon TV show idiot – is becoming a reality, courtesy of unfortunately all-too-real-idiots who get to dictate car design such that it assuages their overwrought emotions.

More Than Just Your Papers, Please...

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Wouldn’t we be better protected if government didn’t force us all to carry ID tags like two-legged cattle?

More Than Just Your Papers, Please...

Do we live in a police state?

What other state forces non-criminals to submit to fingerprinting in order to obtain permission to drive?

Clover’s Grampa

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 28 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if, rather than “the law,” what mattered was whether anyone was actually harmed?

Clover’s Grampa

It’s easy to get hung up on what’s legal vs. illegal.

Saw The Weirdest Thing...

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

We are all equal in having certain unalienable rights. But modernity increasingly demands that all people be considered equal in capabilities. And that just ain't so, no matter how much the politically correct fervently wish it were.

Saw The Weirdest Thing...

Sunday evening, the wife and I went for a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we were leaving, a guy on a newish Harley rolled into the overlook parking lot. And dropped his bike. I got out to help him get it back up. That done, I got back in the car and we began to drive away.

Gorillas, Humans . . . and the NAP

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

We continue to live on a real planet of the apes, allowing and accepting aggressive, animal behavior, rather than embracing the non-aggression principle.

Gorillas, Humans . . . and the NAP

Sometimes I entertain the thought that those who have awakened to the NAP are the leading cohort of what might be called a fifth turning – or more profoundly, perhaps they are an evolutionary great leap forward, analogous to the transition from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens. The conscious – and reasoned – rejection of aggressive violence is arguably that epochal, that profound.

Dancing With Clovers

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

In politics, the progressive builds the all-controlling nanny state. Hating freedom, when not at work, the progressive hits the roads intent on obstructing other drivers.

Dancing With Clovers

Kevin Costner danced with wolves. It is my fate – and yours – to drive with Clovers. They are everywhere – and increasingly unavoidable. Like a virulent bacillus, ineptitude and passive aggressive behavior  behind the wheel spreads across the land. It’s possible to escape Clovers – temporarily – by moving far, far away from their hives in urban suburban areas. But inevitably, they follow you – and before you can blink, you find yourself surrounded and immersed...by “drivers” such as these:

What Libertarianism isn’t...

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

A fascist authoritarian wants you to believe that libertarians are today's communists. While he's at it, he may as well say that the sky is brown, up is down and freedom is slavery.

What Libertarianism isn’t...

Just when you think you’ve heard (and read) it all, something like this falls into your lap. It’s a Bloomberg News critique of Libertarianism that equates it with – of all things! – communism.

Volt Double Down

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business, Eric Peters

GM is making ludicrous and insane economic decisions in building the Volt and Cadillac ELR. But perhaps these are the politically correct decisions.

Volt Double Down

The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have proved necessary to get anyone to “buy” one.

Uncomfortable Independence Day Questions

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

If Americans are so free, how come they need permission from the government to get married? Ponder this and other questions this July the Fourth.

Uncomfortable Independence Day Questions

Here comes another Fourth of July – a good time to ask some serious questions – and ponder just how “free” we really are: 

Don’t “Speed” – It’s Now Officially a Capital Offense

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 26 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Judge Dredd is no longer a comic book character. His signature line – “I am the law!” – is now our officially approved reality.

Don’t “Speed” – It’s Now Officially a Capital Offense

Don’t dare “speed” – or run your car with a headlight burned out. The “highest court in the land” has ruled it’s a capital offense.

Who’s to Blame When Air Bags Don’t “Save Lives”?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 23 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

The bureaucrats and progressives who have built and control the regulatory state, care not one whit for the lives and property of others. Theirs is the mentality of Stalin.

Who’s to Blame When Air Bags Don’t “Save Lives”?

Toyota just announced a recall of more than 650,000 cars  – for potential problems with the air bags.

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