Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mark asks: Yesterday I drove a rented Elantra from Charlotte up to Harrisonburg, Va. It’s a five hour ride. After about three and a half hours I noticed a “message” pop up on the dash screen. It said: “Consider taking a break” and had an image of a steaming cup of coffee. Message: You’re too stupid to know how to take care of yourself so the state will mandate “nudges” in the right direction. I also noticed that Enterprise offers renters the “opportunity” to pay an additional $1.25 to save the planet from climate change! Anyone with a brain can see where this is going. Sure, you can drive a vehicle that’s not on the “approved” list but you’ll have to pay a special fee to do so since you’re so selfish you don’t want to save the planet.
My reply: I’m way ahead of you, Mark! Because I get exposed to the “latest” stuff first – as a guy who gets to test drive the latest stuff before it becomes generally available. I agree; it’s insufferable. And increasingly unavoidable. Almost all nee cars have these “latest” features; they are usually standard, too. Even when not mandated. For sssssssssssssssssssaaaaaaaaaaafety!
It’s become a cult. One created by technocrats – like Elon Musk – who see themselves as managers… of us. Using technology.
Which they intend to force on us. Using laws and social pressure applied to what remains of the private sector. One can almost feel – and sometimes, actually feel – the pincers closing in. The last redoubt will be older vehicles which many of us will “cling” to… which the technocrats will then attempt to pry from us using shibboleths about ssssssssssssssssssafety and “climate change.”
Get ready. It’s not just coming. It’s almost here.
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