Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Zane asks: I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now about the electric Hummer. Once again GM has dropped the ball. In this decade of cheap gas, an off-roading uprise and getting the most efficiency as possible out of newer vehicles, surely they could have done something smarter, like a Duramax inline 6 or an LS with a 10 spd. Don’t get me wrong, I know the name of the game is Globalism/Agenda 21/Un 2030, but as someone who had an H3 as a teen, it breaks my cold dead heart to see such a controversial brand bastardized for the douchy elite virtue signalers
My reply: Do you remember Winston Smith, the character in Orwell’s 1984, musing to himself that he understood how but not why? Eventually, he came to understand the why. It was explained to him by the novel’s other character, O’Brien. In Room 101, where O’Brien tortured Winston.
Not electrical power. Power over people. GM knows that an electric Hummer – which will cost tens of thousands more than the original and will have range/recharge limitations far more functionally hobbling than a huge appetite for gazzuline (which is inexpensive, as you note and quickly recoverable, which electricity isn’t) can’t possibly sell in volume. That it is necessarily a toy for – as you rightly put it – douchy virtue signalers. Who are also members of the attenuated affluent elite, the people at the apex of the pyramid.
Remember: The elite in Soviet Russia had cars, too. Staling drove around in a nice Packard knock-off. It was the average citizen who waited for the bus or train, if it ever came. Or walked.
That is what is in store for us, if the people pushing this EV thing win the day.
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