0n the left you have working class activism, on the right you have middle class activism.
Let me be clear when I state I don’t have a dog in this fight.
I don’t drive a car, never have, never will. I’m a long suffering urban shmuck in that I do what I’m supposed to do – I don’t own a car, I walk, use public transport and ride-share.
I’m a pedestrian and I can’t stand car drivers OR cyclists!
I think there are two kinds of driver. Those sexually aroused by driving (which seems like almost every male) and those held hostage to it by decades of poor urban planning and pitiful investment in public transport infrastructure.
Both types are climate crisis pollution creating vandals and both types seem to loath cyclists with homicidal glee.
The amount of times I’ve been a passenger in a car and the driver immediately blurts out some hatred towards a cyclist as we pass is always surprising as a nondriver, like you are taken aback by just how resentful the most mild mannered driver is the moment they see a cyclist. It’s like a dog after a cat or a Twitter mob cancelling Friends for being too white and privileged. It’s instinctual while being self-righteously superior for no real reason.
My interaction with drivers as a pedestrian is a completely different experience from my philosophical disgust at their global warming pollution production.
I always make eye contact with the driver when crossing the road and always make a smiling acknowledgment that they’ve seen me and won’t run me over. I always receive cheerful smiles and the right of way.
My experience with cyclists is far more antagonistic despite my completely agreeing with their call to reengineer the city into a dour cycling utopia.
I’ve been kicked, pushed, yelled at as angry cyclists speed past me on the footpath. I think cyclists are so angered by the abuse they get from drivers that they take it out on pedestrians. The way the Israeli Army does with Palestinians.
Let me remind the cyclists – as pedestrians – we can’t hear you when you approach us from behind!
I’d be a cyclist if they weren’t such smug condescending wankers.
There’s this terrible truth that once you go middle class woke you start doing 5 things:
1 – You start loudly correcting Te Reo mispronunciation in public.
2 – You become humourless about your veganism.
3 – You pay a subscription to The Spinoff and Stuff.
4 – You buy Tim Minchin concert tickets.
5 – You become unbearably militant about your cycling.
Auckland City Councilor Efeso Collins has already questioned the way police allowed middle class militant cyclists over the bridge while working class South Aucklanders get a very different kind of policing. This free the bridge hashtag thing was and is middle class activism at its most eye rolling.
It’s like rioting for a greater range of trans friendly pre-school daycare centers.
This revolution comes with a variety of soft cheeses.
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