Centrally Controlled Transportation   1 comment

According to a study getting huge attention all over the media, by 2030, only 5 percent of the driving done in the US will be done by people like you and me going where we like, when we like and controlling the car ourselves.

In other words, our personal choices (autonomy) are being replaced by central planners’ choices (tyranny).

Image result for image of autonomous carsNow, don’t get me wrong. Although I still have serious concerns about the safety of so-called “autonomously-driven” cars, I don’t object to them wholesale. They might be a good resource for the blind and disabled. Certainly safer than public transportation for these folks. It’s just that we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that cars programmed by others and so controlled by others and which drive themselves without our input and which are subject to outside intervention contrary to our wishes are “autonomous.” They’re centrally controlled and not by us. That’s anything but “autonomous.”

You and I, when we get behind the wheel of a car, that’s an autonomous act. We choose where we go, when we go and how we go. Inanimate objects are not autonomous and it’s Orewellian doublespeak to treat them as if they are. It’s an inversion of meaning.

According to the media party line, the stampede to turn over our keys and give up our driving autonomy is organic and inevitable. It just makes so much sense, they say, to turn this task over to computers. It’ll be safer and more convenient and it will save energy and … and … and …. Why would anyone but criminals want to still operate their cars themselves? Trust me, sometime between now and 2030, it will be proposed that driving autonomously should be made illegal.

This study smacks of propaganda to me, if only because there are other studies showing that American drivers don’t agree with it, but also because the only thing I can find about RethinkX is by RethinkX and that tells me a lot about them. It appears intended to create the aura of inevitability and the impression that to “cling” to our old self-driving (by ourselves) ways is sad, pathetic and not future-forward.

The real reason people are becoming disillusioned with driving and owning cars is the expense and hassle, the endless rules, fees and mandates … all of which are creations of government. And the reasons given for government to expand access to other-than-ourselves-driven cars speaks to the galloping nannyism that hides behind the guise of “safety”.

Given that the “think tank nobody has heard of” has moved on to the subject of health care, I willing to bet the RethinkX study was funded by interests with the goal of ending American mobility and freedom of movement … in the same way that the ACA and the subsequent AHCA are ending freedom of choice in medical care. The idea of limited mobility (and therefore freedom of movement) is an idea that’s been around at least since Ralph Nader’s war on individual transportation and it has gained traction slowly, but inexorably.  There is an incredibly amount of freedom in being able to go where you want, when you want, and how you want without having to consult with central planners. That’s why individually owned cars are so popular in the United States and why they were typically highly restricted in the former Soviet bloc countries. This is just a way to make it seem like it is our own idea.

“Look at the safety, the convenience, the savings.”

And once we’ve moved over to centrally-controlled cars, we may well find that, if the organization controlling our cars doesn’t want us to go somewhere because it doesn’t like the ideas espoused there, our only choice will be walking … unless they take that away too.

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  1. It’s amazing how efficient riding a bike can be. However, will autonomous cars consistently recognize cyclists who are on the road?
    What I appreciate about your blog is just because we can, does that mean we should. Central control is every dictator’s dream.

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