Things don't actually need to be this way.
If we’re talking public good stuff, cars shouldn’t be able to run without seatbelts being fastened and the driver should sure as shit have to blow into a breathalyzer to get that thing to turn on. If you’re going to be using public roads, you should meet a threshold of safety for yourself and for other drivers around you.
Dave's substack is a great and worth the subscription
This feels like a good time to recommend Jessie Singer's There Are No Accidents. Our country chooses to let people die due to our forced reliance on private automobiles - car crashes, asthma-inducing smog, removing calming green spaces for wider highways. If we chose to build a better environment, which isn't terribly expensive or difficult, we'd get dramatically better results.
The hostility towards any sort of public or social good in this country is one of the biggest problems holding it back. Our specific brand of "American individuality" really means "I need people to look down on." Very few people support public transit because everyone is equal on the bus. If we start building things that help everyone equally then "undeserving" folks will benefit, and how will I know I'm one of the superior few? Anyway, great article, I agree completely and it's endlessly frustrating how much we just accept as "the way things are."