I want to be the one in control of my car. I like to drive.
That's nice but not really particularly important to society.
You making more money than you need to live is not particularly important to society either... and actually, it would be more beneficial for society if society took all of the money you did not need to live and spend it on society.
We are discussing the United States of America here. Take your ideas of society and go somewhere else where they fit.
I like to be in control. I like to have a car that stops as well as it accelerates and handles. I don't want a computer intervening in my driving.
Really? The plain fact of the matter is that without computer assistance your ability to control the vehicle is limited, particularly in difficult corner cases. In the right conditions you WILL stop faster with ABS brakes than without.
Actually, no. Many people can stop a car faster than relying on ABS alone will. Most of the American cars that I have driven start the ABS fluctuation early to prevent skids as once traction is lost, it takes a bit to regain it. Anyone who can keep the tires at the limit of traction can easily stop faster than this.
A high quality ABS will only take over once you have made a mistake. This will allow you to ride the limit of traction to a complete stop. This is a great feature.
In the right conditions you WILL accelerate better with traction control than without.
It is hard to argue when you put "in the right conditions" as a preface to your remark... Anywhere that traction is not close to perfect is the wrong condition for traction control. Again, Mercedes does pretty good with traction control that will allow you to accelerate despite patchy traction conditions, but most traction control will just leave you at a dead stop in conditions like sand or deep gravel.
In summary, the guy you are responding to loves his high quality, well tuned, and very sharp tools.
In summary to the summary, you are not an artisan and could care less about the tool that you have to use and want lots of safeguards built in... and wanting to require such things of people who are masters at using the tool. Because society.