Why Cars Are Important

  • April 1, 2024

Many people aren’t especially interested in cars but ought to be be – for essentially the same reason that people ought to be more interested in government, per Lenin’s dictum about government being interested in you.

People like Lenin are very interested in cars. More finely, they understand that so long as the average person is both free and able to own a car and free and able to drive it pretty much whenever he likes wherever he likes, the average person will be a free person. The freedom to drive one’s own vehicle spoils all the plans of the people who want to control people – for it is very hard to control people when you do not control their freedom of movement.

Understand this and you will understand everything that’s happening with regard to cars – which seems otherwise inexplicable because it is otherwise nonsensical.

Understand what they know – and hope you’ve forgotten.

Try to think of all the things all-too-many of us have come to take for granted – such as the freedom to live a considerable distance from work, so as to live in a nicer (and probably more affordable) home. The freedom to put distance between yourself and the undesirable – such as (for many of us) too many neighbors too close to us. The car made it possible for average people to get out of cities and crowded towns to raise their families in what they considered to be nicer places. The car made long trips – a for vacations, as to visit family or friends in another part of the country – easy as well as inexpensive.

Think about the flexibility of just going somewhere, maybe for no particular reason at all – beyond just wanting to go somewhere, spur-of-the-moment.

But – most of all – think about how owning a car has freed you from being on anyone else’s timetable.

And so from government.

One of the reasons the government’s “lock down” during the staged-and scripted event overwroughtly referred to as “the pandemic” (silly as well as sinister given “the pandemic” presented almost no meaningful threat to approximately 99.8 percent of the otherwise healthy/not-very-elderly population) didn’t “lock down” much of the population was because they were still free to come and go as they pleased. They could not, perhaps, go to work – or into the non-Big Box stores that were force-closed to funnel everyone’s spending money into the Big Box stores’ corporate coffers. But they could go out. By car. They were not “locked down” in their homes – because this was not technically feasible at the time.

Imagine a time when it is no longer feasible. Imagine what it was like – in China – during the “lockdowns.” People over there actually were – literally – “locked down.” In the cities. In their apartments. All movement – other than bipedally – was easily controlled because people were under control. You stayed put because not-staying-put was no longer a feasible option.

Understand that the government – the people who have use of the power of government – is not interested in making (that is, forcing) the car companies to make “safer” cars or cars that are more “efficient,” that “pollute” less. These are little white lies the government uses to get you to go along. To get you to not object. They are psychological tools – exactly like the ones used during “the pandemic.”

Wearing is caring. 

Of course, it wasn’t anything of the sort. People who actually did care refused to wear because they divined the truth about “masking,” which was (as hopefully all except the hopelessly lost) now understand purely authoritarian theater; a sick display of compliance with a degrading ritual that only served to spread and perpetuate what Hunter Thompson called fear and loathing.

“Masking” worked extremely well in that respect.

It works similarly with regard to “safety” and “efficiency” and “emissions.” Not only do many people nod their heads enthusiastically – supportively – they shake their heads (derisively) at those who do not nod their heads enthusiastically. Never mind that the average new compact-sized car with a four cylinder engine now weighs nearly as much as a full-sized car with a V8 used to – and so isn’t very “efficient” relative to the economical cars made 40 years ago. Never mind that electric vehicles are even heavier – and even less efficient. As well as terrible for “the environment.”

None of that really matters.

If it did, the government would insist that electric vehicles be light and thus efficient – as opposed to grotesquely heavy and thus gratuitously energy-consumptive. How quickly they can get to 60 would not be the chief desideratum. It would be how efficiently they can get to 60 – and never mind going much faster.

But electric vehicles are ideal for controlling people’s free movement, in part because they are electronic and connected cars that can be “updated” anytime the government likes and monitored whenever the government likes. Which is all the time, of course. This is equally true of not-yet-electric cars that are nonetheless also electronic and connected cars. This “kill switch” business you’ve been reading and hearing about is exactly that, though it is being marketed (like “the pandemic”) as something it isn’t. People are being told not to worry; it’s just a safety measure that will greatly ameliorate “impaired” driving. People are not told that “impairment” – as far as the government is concerned – will be defined as any driving behavior the government doesn’t like.

Just as people who weren’t sick and refused to “mask” were styled – and shamed – as “asymptomatic spreaders,” who were indifferent to the health of others, so also will people who drive faster than the government says they may (and so on) will be styled “impaired.”

Cue the control.

But electric cars have the singularly handy additional attributes of being inherently limited in how far they can go and tethered to a cord that realistically does not extend much farther than the city limits. Most people still have no idea just how long it takes to recharge one of these devices at a private home. If one does not live within close distance of a high-voltage “fast” charger (where “fast” is defined as five times as long as it takes to fill up a gas car) it is not realistically feasible to drive an EV every day more than short distances.

In between waiting all day (or might) for charges.

And the power to charge at home (or elsewhere) can be cut off anytime the government likes. Then you can’t drive. You also can’t pay cash – at a “fast” charger. Another way to control whether you’re allowed to drive.

The car – as we’ve known it – has given average people unprecedented control over their own lives. This freedom has become almost unconscious, which is why so many have forgotten how important it is. That without it, we cannot be free – for the same reason that a dog within the boundaries of an electric fence is not free.

Ah, well.

Cue the old song about not knowing what you’ve missed, ’till it’s gone.

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