Our addiction to the car is collective insanity

I am reliant on my car, like so many others, mostly for the reasons Ruairi Creaney outlines in this thought provoking article. However, I refuse to believe that there must be a more sustainable (and less pollution inducing) future for our transport system. Public transport deserves a much needed cash injection. If prices came down and service improved then more people (including myself) may no longer feel the need to own one of these symbols of capitalist addiction. Very much recommend this article.

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Scores Of Travelers Depart For Long Holiday Weekend

Like many other aspects of society under capitalism, the automobile appears to be a standard part of life; something that has been and always will be with us. Learning how to drive and acquiring a car are viewed as obligatory stages of our lives, through which we all must progress in the process of growing up. Almost everyone has a car. Many households even have two or three.

I hate cars, and I always have. However, due to the nature of my job, I am required to own a car, and I hate having to own one. I hate the impact mass car ownership has had on society: motorways clogged with oversized vehicles grinding by at a snail’s pace during “rush hour”; petrolheads driving at reckless speeds endangering their own and others’ safety; ever widening roads encroaching into the countryside; horrendous pollution caused by the expulsion of toxic fumes; countless…

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Whatever happened to 1968? Or, in the ‘Age of Climate Change’ where is the student protest?

On Sunday 2nd March around 400 student protesters were arrested after strapping themselves to the White House fence in protest against TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that, if passed by Barack Obama, would run from Canada to Texas. The marchers chanted ‘’climate justice now’’ and, whilst determined to have their voices heard, were perfectly … Continue reading Whatever happened to 1968? Or, in the ‘Age of Climate Change’ where is the student protest?