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In Episode III of the Ill Literacy podcast, Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Dr. Matthew B. Crawford to discuss his book, Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road. They discuss how active transportation is crucial to human identity and how driverless cars may become a threat to our freedom.
They also discuss how safety features in cars are atrophying our skills and taking away the fun of driving while simultaneously gadgets like smart phones are taking our eyes off the road. From there, they shift gears to talk about automotive subcultures across the United States, tear into the red light camera racket, praise the taxi drivers of London, and turn the hairy eyeball on Uber.
First Things: Driving and Democracy
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture: Videos: Matthew Crawford on the Car as a Domain of Skill and Freedom
The New Atlantis: GPS and the End of the Road
New Statesman: The freedom of driving
Observer: ‘Why We Drive’ Takes Aim at Self-Driving Vehicles and Other Threats to Car Culture
San Francisco Chronicle: Review: ‘Why We Drive’ skewers the utopianisms of driverless cars
Wall Street Journal: ‘Why We Drive’ Review: Awake at the Wheel