Eric Peters


Untergang for GM?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 14 April 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

It is not a stretch to state that probably millions of people now believe that GM is capable of almost any form of skullduggery.

Untergang for GM?

Picture that scene in the bunker. The Fuhrer railing at his generals, spittle-spewing maledictions about their treachery and lies.

What Might Cars Cost If We Had a Free Market?

Written by Eric Peters on Sunday, 06 April 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

If you've bought a new car lately, you know just how much lighter your wallet is. Why are cars so expensive? The answer: government.

What Might Cars Cost If We Had a Free Market?

It’s a common gripe that new cars cost too much – and, they do.

Ethanol Assault

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

Remember those ’80s-era PSAs that warned, “this is your brain on drugs” – cue video of an egg frying in a pan? Well, here’s your old car’s engine on ethanol.

Ethanol Assault

Remember those ’80s-era PSAs that warned, “this is your brain on drugs” – cue video of an egg frying in a pan? Well, here’s your old car’s engine on ethanol.

Another “Option” Now Mandatory

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Rearview cameras are now mandatory – or soon will be, starting with model year 2018 vehicles. Ironically, it is because of the government that people have been backing up over small children.

Another “Option” Now Mandatory

Rearview cameras are now mandatory – or soon will be, starting with model year 2018 vehicles. The government takes the position that you and I cannot back into a parking spot or out of a driveway without driving over a small child . . . unless we have the assistance of a closed-circuit camera system built into the car.

Do Away With Dealers?

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

You are not free to buy a new car from GM or Ford. You might think you are, but you are not. You must instead buy from a dealer, an anachronistic apple cart that upstart Tesla is seeking to overturn.

Do Away With Dealers?

Did you know it’s illegal to buy a new car from the manufacturer? That’s right. In most states (48 states) so-called direct-buys are unlawful by statute.

Should New GM Be Liable for The Misdeeds of Old GM?

Written by Eric Peters on Sunday, 23 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Without moral hazard, there is no free market – only the freedom to profit at the expense of others – and get away with it.

Should New GM Be Liable for The Misdeeds of Old GM?

The unfolding fiasco over GM’s apparent shoving-under-the-rug of a potentially life-ending defect with the ignition switches in millions of its vehicles brings up the interesting issue of moral hazard and how it applies to corporations.

Rand Paul Just Outed Himself

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

On foreign policy matters, specifically Russia and Crimea, Rand Paul has just revealed that he's no libertarian.

Rand Paul Just Outed Himself

Rand Paul is one of them.

Maybe they got to him. Maybe they have the negatives. Or maybe he was just never one of us, no matter how much some of us may have hoped he might be. It doesn’t matter why. What does matter is that Rand Paul has added his voice to the lunatic neocon warble that could very well lead the world to a nuclear war over... 

Hose Heroes?

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

There is no legitimate reason for community fire services to exist on other than a voluntary/free-exchange basis. But, that's not how it is in America.

Hose Heroes?

Cops (enforcers of the law) are far from “heroic” . . .  but what about firemen?

If Cops Want to Be Viewed as Heroes...

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 17 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

If police want our respect – rather than our contempt – they ought to behave more like the heroes they purport to be. That means talking first – and shooting later. Ideally, never – unless shot at first.

If Cops Want to Be Viewed as Heroes...

Cops seem to have an almost frantic need to be regarded as “heroic” – yet they all-too-often act in ways that are downright cowardly.

Going Limp

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Obamacare and gun control are only popular among the progressive collectivist minority. The vast majority of Americans oppose these measures, and many aren't playing along with them. This puts government in a bind....

Going Limp

I’ve read that it’s an effective defense tactic to go limp – become deadweight – in the event someone’s trying to force you to go with them. It’s advice directed mainly at women facing the prospect of a kidnapping/sexual assault – the object being to make it harder for the thug to have his way by refusing to assist in your own abduction.

It’s Never Enough

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

It is disingenuous to claim, as the Obama regime and nearly everyone else wagging this dog likes to do that stupendous reductions are in store. Or even that air pollution is a major problem anymore. Per the Burger King lady, where’s the smog?

It’s Never Enough

Are new cars “dirty”?

The average person probably thinks so, if he reads – and believes – coverage of the Obama regime’s latest fatwa regarding tailpipe emissions standards. Here’s the lead from Automotive News, one of the majors covering, well, automotive news. Or so they claim:

Seatbelt Laws and Gun Control

Written by Eric Peters on Saturday, 01 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Incrementally, the nanny state is taking personal liberty away from Americans. The first salvo was seatbelt laws. Now it is gun control and Connecticut is ground zero.

Seatbelt Laws and Gun Control

First, an acknowledgement. A reader suggested this – I’m merely taking the ball down the field….

Tortured Traffic Laws

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

Traffic laws are obnoxious. They often are at odds with logic and safety. Sometimes, they appear to have been the work of the clinically insane.

Tortured Traffic Laws

At some point – I think it happened back in the late ’80s – a government bureaucrat decided it was “unsafe” to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. Not content to wear one himself (assuming he rode motorcycles; in all likelihood he – probably she – never did) a law was passed requiring that all motorcyclists wear helmets.

The Window’s Closing

Written by Eric Peters on Saturday, 22 February 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

The self-driving car is here and will soon be ubiquitous. Once it would have been anathema to freedom-loving Americans. Now it appeals to the impenetrable apathy of the majority.

The Window’s Closing

2014 is the year we turned a historically significant corner. The self-driving car is officially in the works now; it is no longer speculative fiction.

The Affordable Coffee Act

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

If the government can decree that healthcare is now to be made affordable, can they not just decree that everything is to be made affordable? For those who believe this, a question: just how gullible are you?

The Affordable Coffee Act

I mean, why not?

If government – using its magical powers – can make health care “affordable” why not make everything people need (and hell, everything they want) affordable?
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