Our Wise ‘Leaders,’ the same folk who have provided our schools with those improved lunches that the kids don’t eat, are looking beyond such paltry improvements to larger game: They wish to eliminate the automobile.
An ambitious ‘improvement’ certainly; it will be necessary to do it in steps. An early step, on top of increased public transport, is seen in driverless cars. With dell phones omnipresent these days, we’re not sure how many cars are’nt already essentially driverless, anyway.
If you can summon a car with your cellphone, why would you need your own? Such is the logic. Having decided that we don’t need our own, the ever totalitarian improvers of our lot will not await our desires; they inevitably impose their own. For our good, of course. (Feel free to disagree and to chastise our cynicism.)
Supporting this at the moment is the newly announced Driverless Pod, a sort of enclosed golf cart being advertised as available, or nearly. Though it seems underwhelming for so lofty a goal, we are told that Mercedes is considering a limo service based upon driverless cars. That should suffice our wiser, better and more bathed masters to see validation of their wisdom.
It s of course interesting to in the meantime note the knee-jerk attacks on internet services like Uber and Lyft that dispatch privately owed cars to serve the needs of passengers via smartphones. But we are all advised long since that “a foolish consistency is the bugaboo of small minds.” And ours is as small as any, we admit.
This is a new goal of the utopian set; it will be around a while before much progress occurs, we suppose. We have not heard what they propose to do with all the already existing cars, for instance. It will be mandatory, naturally with penalties for those caught with private vehicles after a set date. Well, excepting politicians, CEO’s, Hollywood celebrities and such. And drug lords if drugs are still outlawed by then.
Looking ahead, complaints will refer to the disparity between the availability of on-call vehicles in middle class versus poor neighborhoods; never mind that vehicles returning from poor areas will often be missing numbers of their salable parts. Too few vehicles for rush hours will be available, yet too many for slack times. Waits will lengthen for busy periods and service will be excellent when none need it. And as a government program, it will run a a financial loss. This will be accorded a vast improvement. After a generation or so by a time when most will have forgotten the conditions when we owned our cars, that may even be believed.
Or perhaps the world financial system will collapse under its own overweight before driverless cars are forced upon us. Maybe under such events, government will be forced into a retreat from its perennial ordering of our lives. Maybe we will resemble Cubans, nurturing our aging vehicles for lack of any replacement, generation after generation. We know not.
We do know though, that the kids don’t eat those Michelle Obama mandated school lunches. Government can ignore reality; it cannot overcome it. The trouble is, it is always the citizens who pay.