links to a report
, which details how recent studies are exploding the New Urbanist smears against the suburbs.
While true that even despite traffic and travel time, the suburbs are still the best balance for many, Mike is missing just how deep this rabbit hole goes
Allow me to explain.
While each environment (Urban, Rural, Suburban) ultimately has its purposes, benefits, and drawbacks, the fact is that traffic congestion is not a metaphysical fact of suburban life. It is a man-made fact: made by the Socialist, Environmentalist, and New Urbanist men who pathologically hate the individualism of the suburbs and seek to smother both.
Those drawbacks of the suburbs are in fact caused
by these same urban planners who so hate the suburbs that they deliberately sabotage them by refusing to allow roads to be built.
Why do they hate the suburbs so much?
The first clue is the fact that the suburbs are a creation of Capitalism
; that they are a unique historical development borne of the wealth, technology, and independent spirit of capitalism. The wealth and technology of capitalism made them possible, and the independent spirit of individualism that is at the root of capitalism is why people built them.
This is anathema to the entire socialist worldview. That people would seek to live a life of privacy,
where one’s home and means of transportation are privately owned
is something the collectivist will seek to wipe out. In their view, people must be forced
into community with other people. That a person might seek to control
which people he associates with and which he does not is a selfish
concept. The fact that people are happier, as the study shows, forming their own
communities based on shared values such as hobbies, will not discourage New Urbanists. They knew this all along.
Their view of man as a worthless peon insists that he be corralled and controlled by the father state (a view dating back to Plato); his associations with others must not be allowed to be within his control. He must be crushed; squeezed into the herd. If, in suburban life, he forms his own communities, this is not acceptable to the New Urbanists. Their goal is not community, as such, but rather the kind of spirit-crushing collective that is formed when men are deprived of privacy and choice.
The fact that, in practice, New Urbanist ideas provably lead to ghettos of crime and squalor in which man lives in fear and hatred of his fellow man, while capitalistic suburbs lead to happiness, peace, and real
community, won’t slow them down for a second. Like all minintegrating rationalists, they have constructed their floating abstraction, of socialistic “community,” in this case, which they will enshrine and worship no matter the results. If the mountain of corpses caused by socialism and the mountain of prosperity
caused by capitalism the world over did not stop them, then nothing will.
So, yes, the suburbs do in fact foster a kind of community among men: a voluntary, individualistic one. One in which men might actually be happy
Which is precisely why the New Urbanists seek to wipe them out.