The automobile dominates the United States because it is the best possible platform for advancing the cause of sellable waste, which is itself a systemic requirement for the perpetuation of corporate capitalism.
The SUV/pickup breakthrough of the 1990s was a huge advance in the history of car-marketing, as we all know, but never properly discuss.
A socio-economic system addicted to unending expansion of sellable waste also implies the radical, unending commodification and commercialization of host societies.
Tracking and elucidating all this is, of course, one purpose of Death by Car.
Having been reminded of this, contemplate one of the latest logical manifestations of the whole shebang: the “Will it Fit?” feature of edmunds.com’s mobile device app:
Does that speak volumes, or what?