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The aim of GM's propaganda was of course to increase sales, and also to justify and popularize such criminal acts as GM's purchasing and destruction of the electric railway systems that already by 1935 were running cleanly, cheaply and efficiently in all major U.S. cities (especially Los Angeles). This destruction was engineered in order to make way for vastly higher sales of automobiles.
America's engineered love affair with the automobile has been elaborately maintained ever since, in reality, in movies, in the national self-image, and in the American soul itself-and it has shown no sign of flagging.
The ultimate result of the GM campaigns was an industry that even today grows at an astounding pace, and spreads across the worlds and into new legal and economic territory with every passing year.
(DaimlerChrysler merger, for example, Daimler uses U.S. corporate rights and Chrysler expands into new markets)