I seem to recall having mentioned this before here, but maybe not. I definitely recollect having read about it elsewhere…but God knows given the way the Alzheimers seems to be progressing (a supposed-to-be-humorous excuse I get more and more mileage out of as the years wear on), I could be wrong about that too.
In this fascinating public experiment, a German town wanted to see what would happen to traffic flow if they got rid of street signs, lights and other restrictions.
Guess what happened next. Go on, guess. Hint: if you guessed chaos, carnage, violence, and death, you just might be a Progressivist. Eric adds:
I saw exactly the same thing in San Francisco immediately after the 1989 Earthquake. I was stuck there overnight because of the Bay Bridge collapse (I was on it at the time), and while I expected huge traffic hassles, once I managed to get off the broken bridge and back into San Francisco, I was very pleasantly surprised to see virtually all the drivers behaving in an efficient and polite manner, everyone taking turns. All lights were out, and no cops were anywhere, yet the traffic just flowed quite efficiently. Kind of renewed my faith in humanity.
What if people are better off not being unnecessarily herded? Why herd them? Simply to please the herding class?
Nah, that can’t be right. It wouldn’t make sense.
It never does. But that will never stop them from insisting on it anyway.
Update! Related? Oh, yes.
You’re talking about Congress! All it ever does is eat tax dollars and shit out red tape and misery. How you thought they could help is beyond me.
Well, in a left-handed defense of the authoritarian swine, they’re not really trying to help; they’re trying to herd. They use that feigned “concern” for cover, but for the overwhelming majority of them it doesn’t really have a lot to do with their true intentions at all.