"Pointy-headed busybodies of the environmentalist, new urbanist, Utopian communitarian ilk blamed the victim. They claimed the car had forced us to live in widely scattered settlements in the great wasteland of big-box stores and the Olive Garden. If we would all just get on our Schwinns or hop a trolley, they said, America could become an archipelago of cozy gulags on the Portland, Ore., model with everyone nestled together in the most sustainably carbon-neutral, diverse and ecologically unimpactful way."
-- P.J. O'Rourke, "The End of the Affair" in last Saturday's Wall Street Journal