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Stop Signs - Cars and Capitalism on the road to economic, social and ecological decay [Kindle Edition]

Yves Engler , Bianca Mugyenyi
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Book Description

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives is spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi argue that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a unique must-read for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto domination.

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  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: RED/Fernwood Publishing (April 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y74XX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed rethinking of car culture March 8, 2013
This is exactly the sort of book we need to shake some unquestioned assumptions about Homo Automotivis.

As the book shows, we have constructed our cities around the needs of the car and its drivers. With such a central position in our urban landscape, asking questions like "do they make us happy", "are they healthy for us", "should we continue on this path", are questions of vital importance to our culture. This book asks questions and provides lots of interesting data to back up their thoughts. I think everyone who regularly utilises a private automobile should read this book to understand how the choices they make are affecting their communities. We need a rethink of mass private automobile ownership for environmental, health and social reasons.

And speaking on a purely personal aesthetic level, travelling by car is...well...let's just say it can't hope to match the elegance of a thoughtful stroll or the mindful meditation of a bicycle ride. You think you need the car, but you won't miss it, this book will help you figure that out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting place for anti car thinking December 24, 2012
By Erin
I picked this book up because it was included in the middle lending library and honestly I didn't expect too much. However, the book outdid my expectations by far.

This book is an expose on the ills of car culture and how we got here. There are lots of details and statistics interspersed with anecdotes of the difficulties of living car free. The author tackles the issue from every angle, painting a complete picture.

I really enjoyed everything I learned from this book. I rated it down a star only because it was a tad but preachy at times and had some editing errors that detracted from the reading. Overall, an important read and inspiring for someone who wants to reduce their environmental impact and learn about what can and needs to be done to get out of our car centered society.
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