AWAY WITH ALL CARS: $2, 8½” x 11”, photocopied, 30pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

What effect have cars and motor vehicles made on this planet? This zine tries to answer just that. The author takes possibly the most extreme view on motor vehicles I have ever seen, but that’s not a bad thing. The zine takes the stance that cars are burdens on society and the entire planet, green or not. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything it says, this zine makes a damn good argument for its cause. It pointed out a lot of things that have never occurred to me, someone who has been driving for years. If you kill someone with a car, it’s manslaughter, not murder. We drive because we love the risk. We are raised to love the risk; to want our own cars, to want faster cars, and to drive dangerously. How many structures have been decimated simply for parking lots? Have you ever come to the realization that cars spend the majority of their life sitting still, just taking up space? As more and more people get cars because of the distance from where they work, public transportation is slowly waning and the quality of it is getting lower and lower. This zine highlights these, and many other amazingly obvious problems with motor vehicles that most people don’t even think of. This zine is very well written and opened my eyes to more than I had expected. Definitely worth picking up if you see it. –James Meier (BM JED, London, WC1N 3XX, England)