Although a popular success, the automobile is often denounced for creating smog, congestion and suburban sprawl. Whatever the merits of these charges, the automobile deserves to be defended vigorously because it complements personal autonomy: the distinctively human capacity to be self-directing.

Loren E. Lomasky is the Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy and Law at the University of Virginia.
Civil Liberties and Human RightsEconomyFreedomLaw and LibertyPhilosophy and ReligionTransportation
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Winter 2015/16 The End of Socialism
Spring 2009 Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition
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