Taxiless Spain

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Taxiless Spain

19 days lasted the strike of Madrid taxi drivers, in case you have not noticed. Drivers and owners had some lukewarm support from their compatriots in Barcelona. The point of the strike? Competition from Uber and similar organisations catering to the peoples transport. The competition diminishes the value of taxi licences. In Spain, as here, the cost is not negligible. According to time-honoured principle; “God, I wish my neighbour’s goat died also”, taxistas want more government regulation imposed on their competitors, just as on themselves and more so. Safety of the public is, as usual, the red herring.

Use of taxis for emergencies was excepted. Some traffic experts claim that taxis contribute to the mess by driving around, looking for customers. Residents of Madrid enjoyed clean air and unblocked streets.

I do not know whether somebody noticed that the strike made powerful point for electric, driver-less vehicles. Taxis are normally used for short distances, with a lot of standing time thus available for recharging, and driver-less cars would be carrying approximately 100 kilograms less. A typical taxi driver today would not find his way out of the paper bag without GPS and he knows local history well, but only if you ask about his native village in Pakistan. With currently fashionable “environmentalism” and governments willing to impose more rules on the public, the typical taxi may go the way of its horse drawn predecessor.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to Taxiless Spain

  1. Pedro Es says:

    That man on the branch symbolises whole Spain. Arriba Espana!

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