Cars and Freedom

By Patrick J. Deneen for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

“Here’s a couple of things America got right – cars and freedom.”

Actually, it’s doubtful we’d have the fortitude to engage, much less defeat, an imperial power today. We are titillated and distracted subjects of an empire more complete and encompassing than the British could have imagined. We enjoy too much the purported freedom that comes (among other things) from driving our cars (fueled by satraps and emirates) and watching self-congratulatory commercials to care about the real freedom of self-government. Commercials like this seek to ensure that our enslavement remains totalizing.

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