Car-related or not, I’m not going to respond point-by-point to @Mustmangman’s rather lengthy post because it’s nothing but unsubstantiated broad generalizations. If we were disputing facts, I’d want to debate those facts, but I’m not going to debate someone’s unsupported personal beliefs and opinions. There is no point.
My point about government-control of media and centralized control of government being critical elements of fascism stands, but how did we get here? Talk about a “slippery slope” fallacy!
The fact that anyone managed to take this conversation all the way from a public policy technology debate to an Orwellian dystopian future where nobody is allowed to drive tells me all I need to know about how some people will react with complete emotion and fear rather than calm logic.
This particular phenomenon is pretty common in public policy. Whether you talk about vaccinations against infectious diseases, putting fluoride in the drinking water, labeling GMOs, or selling self-driving cars, every dollar spent scaring the public will get more results than $10 worth of factual evidence that shows how much safer the thing is that you’re scared of is than what we have now. Evidence meant to scare you is only an inch wide, but it runs a mile deep, while factual evidence meant to appeal to your logic and reason is a mile wide, but it only runs an inch deep.