Yesterday I stumbled across another article bemoaning the lack of high-speed rail across the United States; while the argument is in a video, the headline on RealClearWorld blares, The Whole World Is Getting High-Speed Rail. Why Not the US?
Here’s the video:
Here’s the main reason we don’t have high-speed rail: The American people don’t want it. The article bemoans how the American car companies and the rise of the Interstate highway system led to the death of the American passenger rail system.
But whether any of that is true or not, now we are a nation in love with our automobiles. The only long-range passenger rail service, Amtrak, is heavily subsidized, notorious for lousy service and uncomfortable travel, and loses money every year. Why? Because people don’t use it. And the less said about Moonbeam Brown’s California nowhere-to-nowhere high-speed train the better.
The video complains as well about emissions, claiming that high-speed rail is more ecologically friendly than automobiles or airplanes. Even if that’s the case – and I don’t accept that at face value – this whole idea smacks of having Top Men tell us what’s good for us.
Every argument in this video points in one direction: Imperial diktat telling us how and when to travel. To that there can only be one reply:
Fuck off, slavers!