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  •  Are you seriously suggesting (4.00)
    that "car culture" was more pervasive in the 1960s than it is now? That it was ever more pervasive than it is now?

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 04:30:18 AM PST

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    •  I'd argue (none)
      ..that it's not so much 'car culture' these days as 'SUV culture'...where so many people buy a lot more vehicle than they actually need.

      I suppose that in the 60s, in general, the people that bought muscle cars then are buying SUVs today.

      "There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead." - GWB, 5/11/01

      by Stymnus on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 10:29:11 AM PST

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    •  The point ... (none)
      ... I think is that the idealism of the 50s and 60s car culture laid the ground work for the culture we experience now (which many, even SUV drivers, agree sucks). It's more pervasive now, but back then we had a time where big business could collude to destroy the commuter rail system with hardly a whimper. I know Standard Oil, Firestone and GM were convicted of a conspiracy to do so, but what did they really pay? They're all still in business in some form or another while most of our cities have completely inadequate public transportation. They won, the bastards.

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