interesting article on highway socialism
- Some quotes:
"I find it exceedingly strange that a group of conservative and
libertarian-oriented think tanks groups that argue for less
government have embraced highways and roads as a solution to traffic
congestion and a general boon to living. In the same breath, they
usually attack mass-transit spending, particularly on trains. They
seem to see a highway as an expression of the free market and of
American individualism, and a rail line as an example of government
meddling and creeping socialism....
"Governments at every level have put in several trillion dollars'
worth of roads over the past century. This system, open to all with a
car, has created our automobile-based landscape of suburbs,
single-family homes, office parks, mega churches and shopping malls.
Love it or hate it, it is the product of massive government spending.
As others have pointed out, the national road system is one of the
most successful examples of pure socialism to be found: a
comprehensive public system, well-used, almost entirely paid for with