Why Walking Is Political

Commuters-on-railway-stat-008Via the Guardian, Will Self argues for the symbolic, basic importance of walking as a force against corporate and state control:

Put bluntly: deprived of mechanized means of locomotion – the car, the bus, the train – and without the aid of technology, the majority of urbanites, who constitute the vast majority of Britons, neither know where they are, nor are capable of getting somewhere else under their own power.

Year on year, the number of journeys taken on foot declines – indeed, on current projections walking will have died out altogether as a means of transport by the middle of this century. Now we are alienated from the physical reality of our cities.

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  • Sweet_and_lowdown

    blah blah blah. re-hashed situationist gibberish. 

    • Jin The Ninja

      you’ve never read Baudelaire have you? the concept of the ‘flaneur’ or ‘flannerie’ is far older than situationism. So, in many ways your above post is gibberish.

  • blah blah

    No im pretty sure this article is jibberish 

    • Jin The Ninja

       deep.

    • John Smith

       Jaded idiots who think they know it all are the ones who spout jibberish.

  • DisinfoForumsAreFunny

    Free will.  Walk yourself to work, or don’t.  Walk yourself to the grocery store, or don’t.  Walk yourself to the bar, or don’t.  Walk yourself to the corner store, or don’t.  What’s the discussion about here?  Are Jetson style walkways the wave of the future?  Still waiting on my hoverboard McFly…

  • rtb61

    Walking, is just one step away from the socialist concept of jobs for life. Of balanced economies,  of zero growth policies and of and end to the offensively rich who consume and pollute beyond all measures of sanity.

  • Okarin

    it’s saying no to marketing expectations, people think i’m crazy for not wanting to drive a car when i could