Automobiles represent freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want.
The car is modern man’s most potent symbol of, and path to liberty.
Contrast cars with trains.
Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state run system that turns the citizen into a small cog manipulated by unmotivated, inefficient government bureaucrats.
That’s why progressive/liberal/leftists are obsessed with high-speed rail. The freedom of the road is repellent to big government statists. The ruling elite seek to regulate and control tobacco, food, calories, soda size, education, light bulbs, toilets, health care, reproduction — your very geography. In short: liberty is constricted by any and every means, all in the name of: “We know what’s good for you because you’re too stupid to make your own choices.”
Nazis just adored trains. And hey, the Italians boasted that Mussolini made the trains run on time, though Italian trains were about as effective and efficient as the Italian army. Which is to say, not so much.
At a certain point, one must acknowledge the convergent philosophies of post-modern liberals and iron-fist fascists. Both ideologies assert the power of the state as the final arbiter of human affairs. Hence, the government replaces G-d and family as the center of man’s universe. It’s no surprise that the formal title of the Nazi party was “The National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”
Hollywood produced great stars who proudly posed with their autos, symbols of glamour, affluence, and freedom.