ASSAULT ON YOUR FREEDOM: BY CURTAILING YOUR MOBILITY, YOU MUST RELY ON GOVERNMENT-REGULATED SERVICES
The old West is dead. The progressive socialist democrats are doing everything in their power to deny us access to our cars, by refusing to upgrade the infrastructure (e.g. building sound-deadening walls to limit road width instead of expanding roadways) to scheming to sell us on the benefits of “paying by the mile.” Code words for “taxation by the mile” and population mobility control.
What is being sold as convenience is nothing more than control …
The most important issues are never mentioned.
- Behavior control – congestion pricing and implementing price incentives to follow government dictates as to travel.
- Privacy violations – near real-time tracking of location by government-accessible backdoors.
- Forced electronic payments – accountability or something more nefarious?
- Tethering – restricting an individual’s mobility by the use of “electric vehicles” and limited availability of transportation.
- Security – forcing residents to “shelter in place” (mostly without protective weapons) and follow government dictates rather than moving toward safety in a fast and effective manner.
- Socialism – forcing individuals to use union-dominated public transportation. One look at the union-dominated New York is ample proof of the power of the unions to cripple the city’s businesses and personal mobility. Here in California, it has always been Governor Moonbeam’s progressive socialist democrat wish to destroy private vehicles and force everyone into government-controlled mass transit – and, in some cases, move people into high-density inner city housing.
People should take this Wall Street Journal article seriously, starting with the concept of “paying by the mile” which is code for being taxed by the mile and monitored by the minute.
The Wall Street Journal: Private car ownership is on the road to becoming a rarity <Excerpts>
In 25 years, the only people owning cars will be hobbyists, hot rodders and Flat EarthersDriverless cars, a dream since the mid-20th century, will soon become reality and ultimately commonplace — and can be counted on to accelerate the recent trend away from private automobile ownership.
The absurdity of our century-old, ad hoc approach to mobility is captured in one statistic: The utilization rate of automobiles in the U.S. is about 5%. For the remaining 95% of the time (23 hours), our cars just sit there, a slow, awful cash burn, like condos at the beach.
But what if, like condos, automobiles could be shared? It’s one of life’s first lessons—how to share toys, parents, rooms, feelings. But as little consumers grow into adults, they forget the joys of selflessness. That’s about to change. And I don’t mean the collaborative consumerism we see around us—peer-to-peer transportation like Uber—which is symbolic and transitional, lasting only until automation happens, at which point we can get rid of the wetware. And by wetware, I mean us.
Within a generation, automobiles will be endowed with what’s known as Level 4 autonomy—full self-driving artificial intelligence for cars—which will not so much change the game as burn down the casino. Autonomy will make it possible for unmanned automobiles to be summoned, via app, to your location. And not just any passing tramp steamer, but exactly the vehicle you need for the occasion, cleaned and fueled, for as little or as long as you need (offers may vary in your state). When you’re done—poof!—it will go away.
You don’t pay for the car. You pay for the miles. And only the miles. It’s a whole new way to fly. Let’s start small. Need a pickup for three weekends a year but don’t want to pay for the other 49? Autonomy can make that happen easily without a visit to the dreaded U-Haul depot. Need a car to take mom to the doctor’s, or fetch a spouse from the airport? A decade hence, major auto makers and smaller players will be at each others’ throats for the privilege of sending consumers vehicles a la carte, for a one-way trip, an afternoon, a weekend, a month. These transactions will move through the glowing bowels of your monthly credit accounts, and you won’t even feel them.
Americans will look back on pre-autonomy like the age of Casio calculators and DOS prompts. Remember cab drivers? Remember traffic jams? Remember when parents lived in dread that their children would die in a car accident? Death and major injury from traffic accidents will drop drastically. The automobile’s other costs—decreased productivity, fuel burned in uncoordinated traffic—will be swept away. “Beyond the practical benefits, autonomous cars could contribute $1.3 trillion in annual savings to the U.S. economy alone,” wrote Ravi Shanker, a Morgan Stanley analyst covering the U.S. auto business. Global savings? Somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.6 trillion.
These same benefits would return mobility to millions on the margins, including the elderly, the working poor and those who have lost their driving privileges due to a criminal record. (It’s not hard to see the throughline between autonomy and the hobbling economic effects of mass incarceration.)
In August 2015, Morgan Stanley nearly doubled its price target for Tesla TSLA, -0.26% , to $465 per share, based on an analysis of Tesla’s so-far secret shared-mobility plan. “We view this as a business opportunity,” wrote Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, “[that could] more than triple the company’s potential revenues by 2029.”
At this point a fair reader might wonder if I have ever been to America. The notion that we as consumers will forgo the awesome pleasures of the automobile—the privilege, the mobility, the identity—to share vehicles is, I grant, unfamiliar.
But America’s much-sung-about love affair with the automobile has grown cold. Rates of motor-vehicle licensure are already plummeting among young Americans. The obligations and costs of transportation—an average 17% of household budgets—are driving them out of automobility altogether. And enthusiasm for automotive culture is waning too, as the empty seats at Nascar events attest.
Personal-vehicle ownership isn’t going away. Some people will own and cherish cars. But those people and their cars will be considered classics. Rates of ownership will decline, an artifact of an era of hyperprosperity and reckless glut. Twenty-five years from now, the only people still owning cars will be hobbyists, hot rodders and Flat Earth dissenters. Everyone else will be happy to share.
Bottom line …
We are not living in the future and political corruption runs rampant in the land. Why cede greater control over your life in exchange for a little convenience. Once the government has their hooks into an ongoing revenue stream – it only gets worse as you feed the beast.
Unless you are a progressive socialist democrat, there is no future in being controlled by systems that respond to their true owners, the people who license the software and follow the government’s dictates.
Maintain your independence and your vehicle.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell