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Today a person with a beautiful car from the past does not yet have to worry about being chased down and destroyed by a modern safe-car hulk, but he has to worry about where he parks it. Beauty and style elevate. Ugliness uglifies. People who drive barbarian cars can themselves become barbarians.

Terrible things happened in the 1950s and 1960s. McCarthyism got loose for a short period. President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby were murdered, as was Martin Luther King, perhaps by their own government. The reliance on fear to keep the profitable cold war going and the elimination of those who would change course are antecedents of the present. We still suffer from them.

The difference is that then enough Americans had a frame of mind that had space for the optimism that permitted blacks to be legislated into full citizenship and for the protests that brought to an end the military/security complex's profitable aggression in Vietnam.

Perhaps elegant cars had a civilizing influence and contributed to that frame of mind. Get Washington out of car design. It might help to restore our humanity from the brutality that surrounds us.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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is always  beautiful... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 4:48:11 PM
Yours truly and my trusty friend "Mouse" way high ... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 7:49:50 PM
an admission that the government is capable of scr... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 3:56:46 AM
You're right that our culture just keeps getting w... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:21:04 AM
here, too, we have government-mandated safety and ... by mhenriday on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 12:21:54 PM
As I wrote: " Americans want to appear brutal like... by Paul Craig Roberts on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 12:44:38 PM
Classic Detroit iron is fun for collectors but I l... by S. Juniper on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 2:16:26 PM
With the economy going the way it is, people will ... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 2:47:01 PM
Americans still define themselves by the car they ... by Vernon Huffman on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 9:32:04 PM
As usual Mr. Roberts is full of it.SUVs and pickup... by Norm Conrad on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:52:29 PM
BTW, I sold XK-Es, and the series 1 was a bitter d... by Norm Conrad on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 12:08:31 AM