Forbes is at again. Well, actually they are always at it. Promoting class warfare disguised as capitalism-will-save-the-world. Yeah, has it? (And yes, I’m a subscriber. So make that two magazines I don’t know why I get, but I do (Dwell) – the hate-zine trifecta is in play.)
Today’s screed is about high speed rail. Steve Forbes just cannot understand why on earth we need it. It’s just pork. And he knows the only groups that really want to benefit from high speed rail:
It is instructive to see what groups the right hates – environmentalists and unions. These two groups stand in their way of absolute domination of the world. The health of our planet and that of us workers be damned.
Peak oil will get us out of our cars. And the only fucking bloated “payrolls, pay packages and pensions” reside with the monsters of capitalism. How can this man say such things with a straight face?
Simple – they are out for our destruction. And by linking environmentalism with unions, the right is playing to the ignorant among us who believe that these things are demons.
Anyway, back to rail. Forbes says, “All of these rail projects couldn’t pass even a laugh test in the private sector…” Yep. The private sector is all about cars and airplanes. I’m sure that the private sector would turn down $billions rather than take such a horrible job as building passenger rail systems.
He really hits the nail on the head with this: “No wonder the St. Louis Post-Dispatch concluded: ‘Investing … in passenger railroads is a little like building a bridge to the 19th century.’”
Why yes, the 21st century is all about cars, cars, cars!
Seriously, we’ll be damn lucky to get a bridge to the 19th century, since that’s where our economy is headed due to peak oil and other resource depletion, endless wars, and infrastructure collapse.
Coming back to my main theme: this is nothing but class warfare. The rich will always be able to get around, either in cars, planes, or jet packs. The rest of us, well not so much. High speed rail can ensure that we keep freedom of movement at least partially accessible to the rest of us. But maybe that’s the real plan here: they don’t want us going anywhere. Trapped minions are easy prey.