Focusing on how cities have been torn down and remade based on the needs of the automobile and wars are fought to keep fuel tanks filled, this consideration looks closely at the country’s obsession with cars. The argument contends that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to several factors—from capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance to political intriFocusing on how cities have been torn down and remade based on the needs of the automobile and wars are fought to keep fuel tanks filled, this consideration looks closely at the country’s obsession with cars. The argument contends that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to several factors—from capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance to political intrigue, backroom payoffs, and media manipulation. The discussion also cites the elements of racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction, and even war, stating that when the domination of cars is challenged, capitalism is as well. Comparing studies in more than a dozen U.S. cities, this gritty, anti-car, road-trip story provides a unique observation for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto insanity....
|Title||:||Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay|
|Number of Pages||:||252 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay Reviews
This is a must read book-another should be in the classrooms book! It actually has a co-author not shown. her name is Bianca Mugyenyi,born Ugandan but a traveller and bianca narrates the book. She and her partner Yves travel USA cities and rate them as to their walking status.They also point out how our car culture has evolved and is kept alive by giant corps although its degradation of our earth is irrefutable.Bianca also give facts and figures on the cost of maintaining an auto culture as opposed to a good public transit system and how much of the public purse goes to the the auto industry's needs eat the expense of public transport. There is much more in this little book and although it made me feel a bit of anger it gave me hope as well.
Why I read stuff like this is beyond me - but I did and I do and this little book is a scathing analysis of the industrial-automotive complex. There was nothing that I did not already know, but it helps to reread books like this. An interesting story: the two authors, carless I might add, traveled to major metro areas around the country and discussed their adventures navigating a landscape that is built for the private car. We are addicted to oil because we are addicted to the private automobile - there is nothing else to say and is the result of our continued belief in capitalism and corporatism and consumerism. There is a better way - probably not in my lifetime!
5 Stars Against Cars!I loved this book because I'm really tired of driving and being dependent upon cars in sprawling cities. The author provides insight into the detrimental effects of cars, urban sprawl, advertising, and so on. Also, Yves's own personal experiences traveling throughout USA car-less are presented as well. Both parts are interesting to read.
"an entertaining, fact-filled anthropological tour of the land of Homo Automotivis and the first all-out ecological critique of the American automobile addiction"