I like that natural language being used in this essay. The topics are likely to be present in... more
I like that natural language being used in this essay. The topics are likely to be present in conversation today. The style is engaging for me with the matter-of-fact, tangible anecdotes: "I think the sentence was $5,000 ... enough to pay for the victory dinner."
I suspect that I am too simple to overlook tonal considerations you were plying with regards to your intended audience. It is dubious to claim that you cannot think of a comparable collapse in the foundations of an ideology, as we have had in the "free-market" bailouts. Do you mean within our lifetimes?
It makes sense to mention the highway system and the intents of those involved it's creation. I don't think linking it to the shared interests of monster corporations strikes at the American identity. By now it seems a natural fact that cold-war fear-mongering was an integral part of our industrial maturation, if you will.
Oddly, this is my second point for hesitation. The highway system could be likened to socialism -- in a country where that word is taboo. For me highways and cars are American totems for progress. The internet is very much the same. It was intended for war intelligence and launch codes much like highways for use with gas burners and missiles. These systems can be repurposed -- subverted with amazing results and freedoms.
What is moved along these paths is more the debate. The tragedy of public transportation dismantled will be considerably reduced with non-petrol vehicles.
I appreciate the simplicity and strength of this essay, yet for the 2 reasons above, I do hesitate to share it with even slightly conservative confidants, such as my dad.