Will the end of the car mark a return to the Middle Ages?

By Marc Alpozzo and Emmanuel Jaffelin, philosophers and essayists.

Tribune. Those who read these lines, if they are not just pedestrians or velocipedes, will admit that what we say about roads is true. It goes without saying that they deteriorate and fluctuate between bad and very poor condition. This observation is simple: the car has been “cursed” by hypermodernity, which today claims, in the name of climate and decline, to do without it in order to return to the bicycle or scooter and strikes us in the ears with everyone’s “responsibility” for global warming. We already see children strapped to bicycles, thrown out dangerously in the middle of traffic during rush hour, soaking children under rain and so on. You will need to explain to us where the progress lies!

For five years now, certain politicians have wanted to “skin him” on car ! They want to put a stop to the car, and all other means of transport (plane, metro, bus, etc.) that is, to drive the car out of our community, first in the cities where they make its circulation unbearable – even impossible! – (we limit the speed to 30 kilometers per hour, we block lanes leading to monstrous traffic jams, etc.) then, on the roads, the responsible authorities[1] maintain little and bad. The local roads are the roads that connect the villages and the villages: less frequented than the other roads, these roads nonetheless accommodate tractors and trucks. Since the resources of the town halls have not increased with the abolition of local taxes (or housing taxes), it goes without saying that even the mayors who do not hate[2] however, cars do not find enough means to maintain their roads; they settle for a few “repairs” of the holes or dangerous spaces on “their” local roads, leaving the rest of the said road in a mediocre, even pathetic condition! However, neither the department nor the national (roads) are the subject of greater attention, although it is possible for cars to drive a little faster there: the authorities also get the passengers repaired who are at risk of causing wheel punctures and / or vehicle accidents.

Many roads, for example in the Paris region, are in such poor condition that it is necessary to avoid driving too fast on them, which in some people evokes the idea that it would be preferable to ride them on horseback rather than to drive; therefore better by car than by bus, better by car than by truck! Let us be clear: the deteriorating condition of the French roads is the symptom of the approaching entry into a New Middle Ages ! Even cyclists are tired of having sore buttocks when they do not have bike paths, so they have to take a road that signs of– the road to modernity!

Come on, let’s be a little grumpy, frustrating and rude, it will change us from the well-meaning bigots who voluntarily reduce their critical spirit to a little youthful enthusiasm that pretends everyone is beautiful, everyone is sweet, as we used to say : instead of driving schools and driving licenses, why should not the state invest in riding schools that would teach young adults to ride? Instead of the Highway Act, why not a riding code instead? This would be so much the more in tone in this era as they seek to make us regress at all levels and claim that a bike in the rain is more responsible than a car, a wooden house or even worse a container, in the middle of the forest, smarter than a stone pavilion in the suburbs, in short, if we are morally forbidden to say “It was better before!” », Everyone helps to make us believe that this formula is true! Faced with so many inconsistencies, inconsistencies, political leaders should not at least spare part of every road to make them slippery bike paths adapted to everyone’s safety, which would at least give some form of legitimacy to this project. stupid-organic overestimation of the bike?

Conclusion (preliminary) : since no political leader will read this article, let’s tell readers that the roads are the new political Swiss cheese that the horses will continue to sabotage!

Marc Alpozzo
philosopher, essayist
Author of Alone. Praise of the meetingThe beautiful Letters

Emmanuel Jaffelin
philosopher, essayist
Author of Happy festivitieseur, Michel Lafon


[1]The town halls of the locals, the wards and the regions of the wards and, the state of the national, even the highways.

[2]- Some town halls, instead of having the streets and roads in their cities repaired, keep placing speed bumps there in the name of safety!

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