Here’s the latest reader rant, along with my reply!
Mark writes: If it ever got to that point re: speed governing, we wouldn’t even be doing anywhere close to the speed limit.
The way that people speed up, pathologically that is, when one tries to pass them, would see to it that there’d always be some inconsideramus doing 38 in a 55 with miles of traffic behind them. Just saying. As it is, it appears to be a national pathology that American’s have emotional difficulty with simply being passed on the highways. The number of people that will speed up, which is considered “aggressive driving” in VA, while someone is trying to legally pass them is at epidemic levels. It’s truly astonishing. Who knows, perhaps it’s just worse in the DC region. Either way, it does not bode well for a “civil” society when the vast majority of people think in a way that spawns such sociopathic if not downright psychotic behavior. My two cents. The speed camera thing is obviously just a money-grab. I’m going to have to get a GPS detector if that happens.
My reply: I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a function of control freakism. On the one hand, people are micromanaged and controlled to such a degree that they feel powerless in their lives; on the other, they have power when behind the wheel – to impede others, to (as O’Brien explained to Winston) make them suffer. And so they do.
There is also a virtue-signaling aspect of this. American society is a mass society, the mood of the mass largely controlled by the mass media and related organs – which are controlled by a small handful of entities. If these entities decide that – as an example – saaaaaaaaaaaaaafety is a virtue, then most people (who wish to conform) will so signal (in order to conform).
Thus, enforcing the speed limit by blocking others from passing is a kind of virtue – signaled by the act.
It is of a piece with the act of stopping in the middle of the road to virtue-signal a pedestrian to cross when traffic has the right of way.
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