Yesterday the mayors of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Frey and Carter, stood up with the attorney general. Ellison, to demand that two car manufacturers recall their vehicles. Why? Because they are not contributing to the public good.
In the past few years, the public’s peace of mind has been greatly unsettled by the propensity of young folk to steal cars. Carjacking they call it. Usually, the roughians just flat-out taking the keys off a mark. The Minneapolis crime map conveys the message.
The mayors are responding to a terrific increase in the number of car thefts in 2023.
In a message released Friday, the police department said there were more than 700 car thefts in January, along with 33 carjackings and “260 Thefts from Motor Vehicle.”Bring Me the News
And then the politicians called on Kia and Hyundai to recall all their vehicles that do not have anti-theft technology. Because- “They have an obligation to keep people safe. I have an obligation to people in this city,” said Frey.”
I think both mayors have congratulated the capitalist system in a backhanded way. Manufacturers, in the process of reading their consumers, voluntarily introduced anti-theft technology to their products. Since business is a competitive process, this will undoubtedly become a standard feature.
Markets solve the problems people demand from them. They work for the public good as well as the private good.