The culture of obedience depends on car culture to keep the people contained in their vehicles where they are easy to control. People on foot, pedestrians, are a cop’s nightmare. Not only does he have to have probable cause to stop/arrest a person on foot, if that person runs into a building the cop cannot follow. The spirit of Occupy Wall Street lives; it has simply morphed into a routine of protest marches.
We should not be surprised by the association between car culture and authoritarianism. After all, it was the CIA that introduced car bombs to Iraq in order to destabilize the Saddam Hussein regime and motivate some of the populace to welcome a “liberating” invasion. How does a tiny minority dominate millions of people? By creating fear, incapacitating fear.