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Car Culture

To Persuade

Cars exclude the poor and kill the young.

They lower air quality and quality of life.
Cars exchange convenience for frustration,
freedom for being locked in. They
monopolize the personal transportation
industry for one simple reason....
By Michael Gray
No good
There are no good alternatives. I
will explore with you the reasons
why alternative forms of
transportation are being
overshadowed by the car. From its
convenience of being right there in
your garage, to the fuel depots
located everywhere. The
infrastructure for the car is taken out
of all our taxes, if we drive or not.
Why would anyone who does not
drive under our governments
model is not taking advantage of
that money?
Take Away...
Take away the fact that cars are the
number one killers of 15 to 24 year olds.
Take away the fact that something so
close to cars as we know them, self
driving cars, would be so much safer that
if 10% of all cars were converted it would
prevent 211,000 accidents and save
1,100 lives. Take away from the fact that
sedan, not taking into account taxes and
subsides, costs $8,876 to operate (USA
Today). Take away from the fact that cars
are a contributor to a sedentary lifestyle
that could cause health problem. Take
away all that, and you still have a 100
year old piece of technology with
negatives such as noise pollution and
road blight.
The Car Industry is
Subsidized So is the Oil Industry

The roads are government subsidized. So if a free market

competitor comes on the scene, what chance does it have to
compete on its own merits? You may ask what about
subways, busses, trains, air and other forms of
transportation out there, they compete? Well, the only
reason they can is that they were graciously subsidised by
the government or else they would not have the opportunity
to compete. Then, how can a new, innovative form of
transportation, that needs to go from drawing board to
production, compete without those dollars? Am I asking that
every new idea also be subsidised in a long line of free
market failures until something sticks? If something does
come along, some sort of new rail or innovative biking trail
system, it will have to be so extremely cheap to compete
against the government subsidies, pre existing infrastructure
and customer buy in (the sunk cost of already owning a car)
that it come out to be a near impossible task.
What is the

OK, fine cars arent the best but they have many good
qualities to them, so what should be done? What is
practical? It is easy, stop the subsidizing allowing all forms
of transportation to compete. First, stop giving money to oil
and car industries to give an alternative form of energy
and fighting chance. Then, stop making roads a general
tax and switch to a per use system. That way, those that
drive more will pay a bit more and those that drive less will
pay less. As the need for not as much lanes and
maintenance decreases, the costs may end up being just
as reasonable as hidden costs put into your gas and
income taxes. The lowering of taxes and the higher quality
of roads with less people now using them may increase
the quality of cars as other alternatives become more
Bike transportation, ride shares, self driving
cars, more complex public transportation will
increase as your money is now freed up from
the cost of owning a car and money taken from
you to prop up that industry. New forms of
getting around like individualized detachable
magnetic cars that form long chains on a hybrid
of rail and road that is just as convenient as a
car. Things that have not been invented yet can
be tried and tested and do not have to get
around an insurmountable financial hump to

Some things do not have easy answers but this one does.
Slowly ramp down subsidising a system that kills people,
hurts the air quality, blights the landscape, costs large
amounts of money, causes trade deficits against oil rich,
potential hostile countries, I could go on and on. I actually
could. When the cost is more transparent people will find
better ways. Amazingly, the cost will most likely end up
being the same and will make roads less dense so more
safe along the way. Stop giving money to car companies,
stop giving money to oil companies. Charge per use for
roads and give those using those roads a better
experience for their money. Allow for alternatives to thrive,
promote them if not by money, but by making them known
and not making regulatory roadblocks. Use technology as
a resource and stop using a technology that is over 100
years old that was once called the horseless carriage.

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