In Reinventing Collapse, Dmitry Orlov observes that modern capitalism operates mainly via boondoggles. When one boondoggle reaches its inevitable end, the only “serious” proposals entertained as solutions are new-and-improved boondoggles.
Well, corporate capitalism’s core product — the private automobile — is proof of this theory, in spades. It would take a committee specifically charged with the task to come up with a more wasteful means of getting people around town.
But that, of course, is the whole point.