No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
We’ve said repeatedly that bikers in NYC really need to shape up and behave better. The provision of bike lanes has been a great addition to our auto-centric city. However, with that additional space comes the responsibility to act…well… responsibly. A good friend of ours pointed out that its easy to be radical when you aren’t getting what you want, but that attitude has to change when you are getting what you want.
With that being said, there is the lunatic faction on the other side of the bike lane argument, and PJ O'Rourke has come out as the King of the Haters. Clearly, there is reason for frustration with the behavior of a small portion of bikers, but in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal PJ even suggests that the argument about cycling being a more environmentally friendly option is negated by the CO2 expelled while bikers huff and puff on their commutes. Riiiiiiiight. I’m sure next he will suggest that we eliminate all exercise as a means of combating global climate change. Maybe this crazy jacka** will propose a free market solution and we can have a cap and trade system on breathing.
If you want to get your blood pressure going this morning, read the article. Maybe PJ O'Rourke could have done his part for climate change by holding in his hot air. The street does not belong to cars alone, and we should all have access to safe and efficient means of transportation.
The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians, to people obsessed with fairness, to American presidential candidates in the year 2000 – to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And that message is clear and concise: go to Hell.