Chapter 1SCARY PLACES
There is a marvelous moment in the hit movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
that sums up our present national predicament very nicely. The story is set in Los Angeles in 1947. The scene is a dreary warehouse, headquarters of the villain, Judge Doom, a cartoon character masquerading as a human being. The hallucinatory plot hinges on Judge Doom's evil scheme to sell off the city's streetcar system and to create just such a futuristic car-crazed society as Americans actually live and work in today.
"It's a construction plan of epic proportions," he intones. "They're calling it [portentous pause] a...