Over the last 20 years, there has been a major transformation from analog cars being a tangible way to get from point A to point B with computers working to improve fuel efficiency and safety, to a platform where you buy the software that controls your entire driving experience and get the mobility thrown in for free.

Mobility is thrown in for free because that’s what a consumer expects when they buy a car. But as Rubino essentially points out, your purchase of a new car today is really just signing an End User License Agreement to have every aspect of your life recorded, analyzed, chopped and diced, and used for ‘insights’ of all sorts, including ‘thought policing’ and law enforcement. Worse though, taking the mobility part of car ownership for granted is a big, big mistake.

Automakers are now creating subscription services for car features that normally would have been bought outright as part of optioning your car. How long before you’re forced to buy the ‘extended travel distance’ subscription to go beyond your city limits for a picnic in the country? Or to do any of the things we currently take for granted, like piling suitcases into the trunk of your car and driving across the country to start a new life? Imagine having to buy a $3,000 option to do that. It’s within the realm of possibilities.

In a world driven by ‘big brother’ data insights and a ‘commodify everything’ mentality, the matrix is metastasizing into an all encompassing control grid. And, as the elites would have it, you’ll have to pay handsomely for the privilege of mobility where, if you can afford it, they get to turn your existence into statistical trends and data analytics that feed a rational, technocratic system. The Sunday drive will be a luxury most cannot afford.

Do yourself a favor: don’t buy new. Or even late model if you can help it. Sleuth around to find a low mileage (or at least a well maintained high-mileage) analog car that doesn’t have an LCD screen.

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