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Unformatted text preview: h of “The road” with the zeal of Madison avenue and Jack Kerouac combined. However, the fidelity of the narrative is almost irrelevant when considering how it is put to use and for whom it is made to work. That is to say, while the love affair serves a variety of social and cultural functions in the United States, it is particularly compelling to a relatively small group of freemarket ideologues and multinational corporations (particularly oil conglomerates) who largely govern and/or profit from the production, marketing, sales, and regulation of the automobile. indeed, the love story satisfies two of the most cherished myths of free-market capitalism concurrently: it corroborates the idea that consumer choices equal authentic power (i.e., people vote with their wallets), and it normalizes the false notion that consumer desires ultimately determine the socalled evolution of technologies—a position that ignores the profound roles that material and cultural infrastructures play in the success of any technology, much less the development of technological norms. Such explanations not only are misleading; they also effectively downplay some of the most undemocratic and thoroughly racist decision-making processes at the heart of postwar urban development and transportation policy implementation in the United States, as well as the political influence historically wielded by what could easily be termed an automobile-industrial complex. 28 This is not to suggest that power is always exerted from the top down, nor to imply that the average person plays no role in the production or contestation of technological and cultural norms. rather, it is simply a way of acknowledging that technological desires and choices, particularly those concerning transportation and mobility, are necessarily constrained by the profit imperatives of very specific and very powerful institutions and organizations. 18 | P a g e Mass Transit Affirmative BDL Inequality Should Come First [____] The government has a moral obligation to address economic inequality Congressional Black Caucus 2009 (Opportunities for All -Pathways Out of Poverty, Bi-Annual Report, January—June 2009, 2009.pdf) As our nation’s economic uncertainty continues, millions of Americans already struggling to overcome systemic poverty are encountering greater hardships. Millions more are grasping to maintain their quality of life during this turmoil. This crisis is particularly acute among African Americans. More than 24% of African Americans live below the poverty line and African Americans are 55% more likely to be unemployed than other Americans. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), in its continued role as the Conscience of Congress, has a moral obligation to address inequality and injustice as never before in history. W e are aggressively advancing the role of government to empower and protect American families by collectively pursuing a legislative agenda that addresses the priori- ties of our constituents. We believe that we have a respon...
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