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Incredible fact: none of the Big Three US automakers makes a sedan anymore. “That decision is bad news for road users, the environment, and budget-conscious consumers — and it may ultimately come around to bite Detroit.”

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Margaret M.

How do we maintain any attitude toward larger society but nihilism when it seems like we're every one of us at the mercy of the hubris and shortsightedness of capital?

Clayton Muhleman

Until an organizational system that can out compete or otherwise shackle the hubris and shortsightedness of capital is found. But writing non-cynical articles about people genuinely trying to succeed in this effort doesn't seem to survive very well in the current media landscape.

This might be a certain amount of denial on my part, but I can't help but wonder if this narrative is less a complete reflection of reality and more a result of a successful model to sell articles because it triggers a strong response in the form of the nihilism/despair reflex.

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Jason KottkeMOD

Lots of feedback about this post and article on Mastodon.

Colter Mccorkindale

Is this an indicator of Detroit's overall decline, though? Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia have effectively locked up the sedan market across the board, so there's nothing else for Detroit to do but specialize?


I like to think this is a great example of systems and unintended consequences. This Vox article highlights the ‘system’ the US automakers are working in having a large role. Not just the pockets of the automakers or the ‘tastes’ of the citizens.

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