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Ill Literacy, Episode III: Why We Drive (Guest: Matthew B. Crawford)

July 28, 2020

In Episode III of the Ill Literacy podcast, Heartland’s Tim Benson talks with Matthew B. Crawford about his new book, Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road.

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. 

Show Notes:

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

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @BenceAthwart