Want to see how easy it is to create a conspiracy theory? Here's one of my own. I was driving from Dallas to Austin this weekend. Two pileups shut down I-35, one outside of West, and the other in Temple. Each had a line of stopped cars 15 miles long. a brutish 3 hour drive transformed into a mind-numbing 6 hours. Delightful.
On the surface, seemingly random bad driving events. A 10 car and a 15 car pileup. Folks driving too fast and to close. Dig deeper, and you will find that over 50% of the drivers inconvenienced by these snarl ups regularly fly on Southwest Airlines on business and some pleasure. Ominously, they chose NOT to fly SWA that day. You do the math. SWA would only have to pay a small amount of money to an uninsured guy in a beater car to slam on his brakes in order to create a mind-numbing and infuriating delay. I watched as the guy in front of me, driving some sort of Volvo SUV, which goes together about as well as Texas and Soccer, screaming at his cell phone and banging his fist on his dashboard. Wanna bet he thinks twice before driving I-35 again? Who wins? Southwest Airlines. Rick Perry. Toll Roads. NAFTA. Grassy knoll indeed. The confluence of big business interests, republican politicians and internationalist money men. A rich broth of intriguw indeed.
This is guerrilla marketing at its best. Instead of a multimillion dollar billboard and tv commercial campaign, a few thousand dollars to folks that can create multi-car pileups on I-35. Genius! We are all doomed.