Magazine July 12, 2021, Issue

Changing Lanes

Heavy traffic is seen on the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York, March 31, 2021. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Whenever city-dwellers have to drive into and out of their home, they marvel at how the other half lives.

I am no anti-car zealot. In rural Elba I take a car for every trip as simple as visiting my neighbors. As a winger I believe that Henry Ford is second only to Samuel Colt, and far ahead of Roger Williams or Martin Luther King Jr., as a practical guarantor of American liberty. It is just that, in my normal city life, keeping a car would be as frivolous as stabling a horse. Taxis — other people’s cars — ply the streets,

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