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I Drive Therefore I am… Free

30th July 2011

Read it.

Here’s a piece that puts the transportation struggle in perspective.

Automobiles represent freedom.

Contrast cars with trains.

Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state run system that turns  the citizen into a small cog manipulated by unmotivated, inefficient government bureaucrats.

That’s why Progressives-Liberals-Leftists are obsessed with high-speeed rail. The freedom of the road is repellent to statists who want to regulate/control diet, education, light bulbs, health care, your very geography.

3 Responses to “I Drive Therefore I am… Free”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    What hyperbolic hogwash.

    “Progressives-Liberal-Leftists” are obsessed with high-speed rail because it is more efficient, not because they hate individual freedom. Even if high-speed rail takes off, people will still have automobiles. One can’t reasonably or efficiently run a rail line to everyone’s front door, after all.

    And I love the “the Nazis loved trains, and Mussolini made the trains run on time” bit; therefore, everyone who wants high-speed rail must be a Nazi or a Fascist. Nice.

  2. RealRick Says:

    P-L-L’s love the idea of “high-speed rail” because it embodies their Utopian vision of the world. You can go anywhere you want because there are nice, clean trains to take you. All you need is a backpack and directions to the hostel (for the young) or bed-and-breakfast (for the wealthy). Everyone will be super cool. Drugs and booze will be cheap and OK to use in public. There will be no McDonalds, only really cool bistros that serve unique local cuisine. Everyone will think you are really cool and a great artist. In fact, everyone will be an artist. You can have sex with anyone and unicorns will quietly graze in the fields.

    Conservatives look at high-speed rail proposals and bitch about the incredible cost to build and operate it. They will point out that the US has lost vast sums of money on every train system they have tried to operate. Business people want to get to New York in a few hours, not days. It’s not a happy picture, but it is reality.

    Nazis did love their trains, Dennis. It meant that travelers could be monitored and controlled, yet those National Socialists could point out how reliably they operated for the masses.

    That pickup in the driveway means I’m not dependent on the government. I can go where I want and when I want. I don’t have to pass through an xray or get groped by a TSA lackey. I can sleep in it, if necessary. I can carry my own food, water, and ammo. Yeah, even that feeling of freedom is heavily infringed by the government – mandatory insurance, license plates, registration, taxes – but it still represents the ability to move at my desire.

  3. Dennis Nagle Says:

    So, when gas hits $10 a gallon and I’m driving a SmartCar that gets 50mpg and you’re still driving your truck @ 15mpg, does that mean I’ll be 3+ times as free as you?

    ‘Course, at that point you can buy a SmartCar too, but you’d have to figure out your own way to jerry-rig a shotgun rack; I don’t think they offer that as an option.