by Theodore Dalrymple (November 2014)
The motor car, a friend of mine once said, is the most liberating of all machines ever invented. Suffice it to say that I have not found it so, at least not in Europe, which is small and overcrowded and full of traffic jams. Once, for example, when I was going to visit my aunt, it took me two hours to go a hundred yards along the North End Road in London. I did not find it a liberating experience, unless the bringing to the surface of the inner demon that caused me to bang my fists on the windows in sheer frustration be counted as a liberating experience (for the inner demon, that is, not for me). I didn’t know either that I had it in me to scream so loud. more>>>
Much of the ugliness of parking--almost all of it--is driven by political choices. Traffic jams are not a feature of nature, but a feature of political choices; namely, the choice to promote bike paths, nature trails, authenticity, or whatever, over driving lanes and parking spaces.
I think your friend was right: the car is liberating. And that is why so many collectivists hate them, and do everything to curtail their power: lack of parking, traffic jams, fees and licenses, you name them, are designed to make the driving experience miserable. It is not a bug, but a feature of the political landscape, to make driving miserable. The worthless peons dont know their place. Next thing you know, they may take their family to South Dakota on holiday, and eat at Chik fil a along. Can't have that. It is an abomination.