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  •  Heh (4.00)
    I don't really think the thrust of Monbiot's article was that cars cause Republicanism, though it's certainly a catchy diary headline.

    I think the majority of people use cars as a matter of convenience, and really don't consider the political implications. There is definitely a correlation between those who love the idea of having large, gas-guzzling cars and Republicanism, though.

    It's a sort of hyperbolic individualism, making them feel 'manly.' It's the same reason that they like owning lots of guns - there's no real use for them, they know they're probably quite dangerous, but 'prissy' people disapprove of them, so...

    This ties into every facet of Republican thinking, even on issues like the death penalty. It's a kind of false machismo, an idiotic individualism which operates by emphasising the worse aspects of the pack.

    I guess it gives them a sense of identity.

    A conservative understands the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

    by Mephistopheles on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 04:52:38 AM PST

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    •  SUVs make them feel more "manly" (4.00)
      Apparently this extends to the vast number of women  that drive SUVs as well.  SUV creates equality of opportunity in road bullying.
      •  Oh, I've got a choice example (none)
        There's this one shiny green SUV, always comes out of the north from the direction of Lake Norman whenever I encounter her (the driver is a large AA woman). She drives fast, dangerously aggressive -- and I've had two occasions where she's about trampled my clearly inferior sedan into the pavement.

        How do I know it's the same woman?

        She has a vanity plate. She's not terribly concerned about someone calling her in.


        On the other hand, I haven't seen her 'round in quite some time. :)

        Never let being humane get in the way of being human. And vice-versa.

        by cskendrick on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:19:26 AM PST

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      •  And Nascar dads. (4.00)

        Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
        Czeslaw Milosz

        by Chris Kulczycki on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:50:23 AM PST

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