Slicing Bread with a Chainsaw

complex crash The automobile is the ultimate commodity. Getting people to use it for the vast majority of their mundane commutes is getting them to buy fantastic amounts of unnecessary profit-bearing materials. It is overkill on four wheels, all for the primary benefit of the corporate overclass.

And, as auto-makers push to expand the frontiers of commodification, the degree of non-necessity grows with each model-line up-tick.

The latest news item in this saga speaks volumes about the murderous twinning of complexity and triviality in our market-totalitarian times: The “new” General Motors Corporation is recalling 1.5 million automobiles because their award-winning heated wiper-fluid systems are causing engine fires.

However have we poor suffering humans survived this long without heated wiper fluid in our 3,000-pound grocery-fetchers?