As Noam Chomsky observes, cars-first transportation in the United States “was not put to public judgment.” Nor will it ever be, barring a popular rebellion addressing its existence.
But does that mean the population is as brain-dead on the topic as our many capitalism excusers would have you conclude?
Consider the news today that the average age of light vehicles in the United States has now reached an all-time high: over 11 years for cars, and slightly under that for “light trucks.”
No doubt much of that is simply a result of economic hardship among the bottom 90 percent. But DbC would wager that some of it is also a sign of the rationality of the masses. Why would anybody be buying — not to mention marketing — more cars at this point in human history? Inquiring minds want to know.
That, of course, is a truly forbidden question.
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