Greg Beato: Stop Complaining About That Flying Car. You Have Amazon.



In the 20th century, flying cars expressed the ultimate dream of personal autonomy, the power to propel yourself anywhere. In the 21st century, the stuff we want comes to us. For customers in a handful of cities who pay an annual $299 fee, Amazon promises same-day delivery of 500,000 items-everything from groceries to office equipment. "Place your order by 10 AM and have it by dinner," Amazon's website advises. Soon, writes Greg Beato in the January issue of Reason. you might only have to wait until lunch.