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Traffic power structure

Author: Planka.nu.
Publisher: Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2016.
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The modern traffic system is ecologically unsustainable, emotionally stressful, and poses a physical threat to individuals and communities alike. Traffic is not only an ecological and social problem but also a political one. Modern traffic reproduces the rule of the state and capital and is closely linked to class society. It is a problem of power. At its core lies the notion of "automobility," a contradictory ideal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Planka.nu.
ISBN: 9781629632650 1629632651 9781629632971 162963297X
OCLC Number: 956319381
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Front Cover; Praise for The Traffic Power Structure and Planka.nu; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; The Traffic Power Structure; Automobility; Accessibility; The Metropolis; Illegal Parking and Fare-Dodging; Road Rage; Parking Tales I; Parking Tales II; State and Capital Travel in the Same Car; Don't Mourn, Consume!; The Age of Transport; "Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins"; High-Speed Society; High-Speed Trains; Climate-Smart or Simply Dumb?; Drive and Fly to Never-Never Land; A Strange Kind of Freedom; Speed and Discipline; The Security-Industrial Complex; The Nuclear Society. Suffering in TrafficAnother Look at Positive Psychology; Happiness in Traffic Depends on Happy Traffic; The Highest Stage of Liberalism; About Planka.nu; About PM Press.
Responsibility: Planka.nu ; translated by Gabriel Kuhn.

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The modern traffic system is ecologically unsustainable, emotionally stressful, and poses a physical threat to individuals and communities alike. Traffic is not only an ecological and social problem but also a political one. Modern traffic reproduces the rule of the state and capital and is closely linked to class society. It is a problem of power. At its core lies the notion of "automobility," a contradictory ideal of free movement closely linked to a tight web of regulations and control mechanisms. This is the main thesis of the manifesto The Traffic Power Structure, penned by the Sweden-based activist network Planka.nu. Planka.nu was founded in 2001 to fight for free public transport. Thanks to creative direct action, witty public interventions, and thought-provoking statements, the network has become a leading voice in Scandinavian debates on traffic. In its manifesto, Planka.nu presents a critique of the automobile society, analyzes the connections between traffic, the environment, and class, and outlines its political vision. The topics explored along the way include Bruce Springsteen, science fiction magazines, high-speed trains, nuclear power, the security-industrial complex, happiness research, and volcano eruptions. Planka.nu rejects demands to travel ever-longer distances in order to satisfy our most basic needs while we lose all sense for proximity and community. The Traffic Power Structure argues for a different kind of traffic in a different kind of world. The book has received several awards in Sweden and has been hailed by Swedish media as a "manifesto of striking analytical depth, based on profound knowledge, and a will to agitation that demands our respect" (Ny Tid).

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