I was in rush hour the other observing some self-centered dude blocking four lanes and snarling traffic for blocks to spare himself a minor inconvenience and it occurred to me that the logical result of our recent embrace of vulgar libertarianism is a total breakdown of social order. Even in rush hour traffic where it's vital to everyone's survival that we observe certain norms, there always seems to be some entitled, selfish ass in an expensive car making it worse for everyone else these days.Were I a dick (I am a dick), I would point out that because the typical lane on a US road is between 9' and 12', it is impossible for a single car to block 4 lanes. But maybe the dude was driving a tractor trailer? The "selfish ass in an expensive car" suggests otherwise.
In any case, I invite you to journey with me to the past, in FDR's America, when no one ever got into the wrong lane or merged ill-advisedly. Oh, um, what? The idea that rude drivers represent "a total breakdown of social order," or even intimate such a thing, is so laughably hyperbolic that I was tempted to let it pass without comment, but then I was like, oh, shit, this is laughably hyperbolic.
Allow me to suggest that while it is not especially nice to cause a bit of gridlock, it is, in fact, the titanically self-entitled bourgeois outrage at the minor inconvenience of a little rush-hour traffic that makes a person a "selfish ass".