And suddenly a punchline

Steph Willems of TTAC opened a Question of the Day this way:

Picture it. A new world government, headquartered in Belgium, has been elected to oversee our affairs. There, our scientific betters assemble to map out a progressive yet benevolently authoritarian plan for all the planet’s people, causing H.G. Wells and other dead utopians to rise from the grave in orgasmic bliss.

In this hypothetical scenario, consumer choice is curtailed to ensure the citizenry makes the proper decisions. The planet’s air quality and climate is top of mind, as are the globe’s shrinking resources. A conservation plan is put into effect, wiping such indulgent automobiles as the Dodge Challenger R/T, 392, Hellcat, and other V8-powered machines. The GM 6.2-liter V8 is ceremoniously killed off. Schoolchildren are taught to snitch on any parent caught harboring a overly powerful motorcar, perhaps in a rural barn somewhere.

Suffice it to say, it’s heaven on earth. There’s no choice to see it any other way. But hold on — it’s new car buying time, and the state, er, the world, has mandated that as your daily driver, you must purchase a hybrid.

The very first comment to this thread:

Instead of Brussels or Antwerp let’s inject a little non-fiction and just say Sacramento.

Meanwhile, Infiniti is discontinuing the Q70 Hybrid. Figures.


  1. McGehee »

    1 August 2018 · 11:21 am

    Long before we’re all forced into hybrids, we’ll have been herded into big cities, where we’ll all have starved to death because somehow the supermarkets’ magic food dispensers just up and quit working.

  2. nightfly »

    1 August 2018 · 11:55 am

    That article is literally the entire plot of Rush’s “Red Barchetta,” right down to the old machine preserved at my uncle’s farm for fifty-odd years.

    (Fun bonus – the automatic ad that YouTube played for me when I went to the video? A Prius commercial. Well played, NSA!)

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