Every morning as I drive to work I gas my car up with fuel we have murdered to obtain. I think of how our cheap oil is only possible by the slaughter of the state. Every morning I drive on the highways monitored by armed state employees I think of how frustrating it is to have to drive on the state monopolized roads. I often question if the natural anarchist order or even the order of a free market would lend to 3 mile per hour architecture instead of the 60 mile per hour architecture of suburban sprawl. I am an urban dweller who works in the suburbs. I like my city. I like being able to walk up the street to the store to grab some groceries. It seems a waste of not only oil, but also my money every time I spend it on driving the great lengths that sprawl demands.
I can’t help but think of the environmentalist concerns of oil and resources. I often wonder if the state had not put so much money and effort into catering to this type of lifestyle would it be so common? The state built up the roads, subsidized and promoted a certain complacent suburban lifestyle. Before such a thing happened in the mid 2oth century the tendency was to build up not out. This is seen in our major cities which seem to see their growth before stuff like LBJ’s Interstate Highway Acts. Perhaps creating forms of public transportation would be manageable for entities outside of the state if the sprawl were not present. They certainly were present before all the highway acts. In fact here in Kansas City all the rails were removed after the highway acts. This was a project paid for by large car manufacturers.
There was a time where the urban center was the dwelling place for the rich and upper class. The structure of convenience made more sense. The poor and needy were often stuck out in suburban and rural areas. This seems to have turned around completely. I guess you just better keep praying these gas prices don’t go up. Pray the U.S. doesn’t loose any of it’s wars. Pray we can kill a few more for cheap gas, so we can maintain the state subsidized way of life.