Critical Auto Theory? NBC Op-Ed Attacks US Autonomy with ‘Lethal’ Car ‘Dependency’ Remarks

Evidently, there is no safe place from the wakefulness of the left. An NBC op ed attempted to lecture Americans on how dangerous and fatal their obsession with cars is.

Freelance journalist Erin Sagen screeched in her propaganda piece for NBC THINK that “Americans are in total collective denial about how lethal our car dependency is. We have to stop normalizing the suffering caused by cars.” Sagen bellowed in her lede paragraph: “Americans don’t always fear the things we should.” In her view, “when it comes to car accidents, we’ve mostly shrugged our shoulders and accepted the carnage as an unavoidable fact of life.” The article read like a fringier variant of critical race theory: “Cars put us in clear, imminent danger every day, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized.” 

If that wasn’t loopy enough, Sagen blamed the tendency to blame individuals rather than “public infrastructure” for car accidents on “toxic individualism.” 

A culture of toxic individualism, which reduces nearly any systemic issue, including sexual harassment, health care and so-called isolated instances, could be one reason.

But Sagen continued down the illogical vortex and whined about crosswalks because it represents the struggle of being a “human in a car-dependent world”:

I’m sure I speak for many walkers when I say that the crosswalk hustle is my least favorite indignity of being a human in a car-dependent world.”

Sagen was mocked on Twitter for his insanity. Fox News columnist David Marcus mocked Sagen’s absurd take on Twitter. tweet: “Keep your home. You can order from Amazon, but only delivery personnel are at risk. Accept the fear and do what you’re told. Everything will work out until your death.”

Jim Hanson is President of Security Studies Group let Sagen have it on Twitter, calling her a communist: “It’s exactly[.] Kill the cows & the cars[.] Vegan farms are possible for all of us to live in. #ShutUpCommie.”

Sean Davis, co-founder of Federalist said Sagen’s anti-car op-ed was emblematic of corrupt corporate media and turned her argument on its head: “Americans collectively deny the extent of how corrupt our corporate media is.” He continued: “It is time to end allowing left-wing propagandists to normalize the suffering of others with bylines.”

It’s fascinating how the left has flipped the script on car deaths. Anti-gun activists like former CNN host Piers MorganWhile defending gun control, the used to downplay drunk driving’s role in car deaths. Morgan once called the inanimate object equivalency between drunk drivers in cars and “lethal firearms” a “facile argument” during an old debate with former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura even though both cars and guns could be used recklessly by an individual.

Conservatives are being attacked. Contact NBC News (212- 664-6192) and demand it distance itself from Sagen’s anti-autonomy propaganda.




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