This story is neat and all but I completely disagree with this statement:
(“Slugging is not most interesting for what it can teach about carpooling,” he wrote, but rather for the trust among strangers it requires and its leaderless organization. “Slugging is a contradiction to the everyday culture of America.”)
If he really thinks that, he needs to leave the major metropolises (metropoli?) for a few minutes. If Americans do anything really well it is organizing themselves when left alone to do so. It’s probably our greatest strength as a people.