The lesson here isn’t that U.S. roadways are less safe than fighting in a war. Far more Americans were on roads than on battlefields. We don’t need to give out medals of honor for driving on your local interstate. Driving to a movie theater helps just you; fighting in a war benefits your country.
But what’s striking from the graph above is how we discount the deaths of motor vehicle accidents. If we value all American lives, shouldn’t we be obsessed with making self-driving cars a reality? While war is hell, driving sure isn’t heaven.
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