2 Replies to “Death by Car”

  1. Just finished reading The Consumer Trap. Excellent, chilling book that goes a long way toward explaining why we’re in the mess we’re in.

    I’m not sure if this is a comment, question, or what, but I’ve noticed a lot of hostility from drivers (of which I am one) whenever I ride my bike to work. I can understand hostility toward inattentive or rude bikers (like I can empathize with biker hostility toward bad drivers) but I don’t get the general antipathy that I see in some people’s faces.

    Any thoughts?

  2. I’d chalk that up to cutural thoughtlessness and the presumption that “roads are for cars” and cars are both natural and “normal.”

    I think it also stems from a fact I will elucidate in the new book: Despite all the just-so stories implying the contrary, we have never had even the beginnings of a democratic debate over basic transportation policies in this society. Our capitalists and politicians have simply dictated what infrastructures we were going to get. Ordinary Americans have never been allowed to discuss this topic, let alone make decisions about it.

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