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a take on the SUV thing, plagiarized First, remember this is… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
a take on the SUV thing, plagiarized


First, remember this is largely a civil war within the educated class. Nobody seems to assault pickup-truck drivers, even though some of the newer pickups look like wheeled aircraft carriers and their beds are surprisingly unscuffed. Nobody picks on minivans, though the Dodge Grand Caravan ES gets only 6 miles more per gallon than the Dodge Durango SUV. Remember also that, as Van Wyck Brooks, Santayana and others have observed, there have always been two educated classes. On the one hand, there's the genteel elite, which lives in a world of literature, ideas, refinement and modesty. On the other, there's the aristocracy of commerce, people who thrive through self-assertion, competitiveness, daring and magnetism. To put it in modern terms, there are geeks and jocks.

This anti-SUV fervor strikes me as a classic geek assault on jock culture. Here are the geeks: thoughtful, socially and environmentally conscious. They understand that only spiritually shallow people could possibly get pleasure from a motor vehicle. Then there are those jocks. They cruise through life infuriatingly unaware of how morally inferior they are to the geeks. They make money, become popular, play golf and have homes that are too large. And they're happy! For all the wrong reasons! And so every few years the geeks pick on some feature of jock life (McMansions, corporations, fraternities, country clubs) and get all worked up about it. And


Or, speaking for the "genteel elite" sect....i don't care about "assertion, competitiveness, daring and magnetism" at all. in fact, there's nothing wrong with that. greasing the engines of commerce, etc. we just think that people who do this: "make money, become popular, play golf and have homes that are too large" tend to be selfish and thoughtless at the same time.

sure, they're happy...but "at what price, happiness"? start to be a little more selfconscious, you fucking wall street journal prick (that's where i got this gem).

start thinking about the future, and your health, and the health of others around you.

jesus christ, what a dumbass.
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