Wide Cars

As I have notedĀ before, these are not the pickup trucks of my childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania. These are ostentatious $70,000 monstrosities that exist to intimidate others and perform some extremist vision of masculinity. I think some people are afraid to criticize them because they view them as work trucks or objects of authentic Americana, and while some percentage may be used for actual labor, these luxury behemoths are faux-working class vehicles often driven for pleasure by affluent people. (It seems safe to assume they’re also luring less-affluent people into debt they can’t afford.)

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Jen Sorensen is a cartoonist for Daily Kos, The Nation, In These Times, Politico and other publications throughout the US. She received the 2023 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning from the National Press Foundation, and is a recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. She is also a Pulitzer Finalist.



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