“…the real reason for progressives’ passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism.
To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think they—unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted—are masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make. Time was, the progressive cry was “Workers of the world unite!” or “Power to the people!” Now it is less resonant: “All aboard!”
There’s more: “Generations hence, when the river of time has worn this presidency’s importance to a small, smooth pebble in the stream of history, people will still marvel that its defining trait was a mania for high-speed rail projects. This disorder illuminates the progressive mind.”
Ah…..wanting transportation choice that would bring more economic development, lesson our carbon impact, and offer a more pleasant way to travel is nothing but a “disorder of the progressive mind.”
Oh yeah, “generations hence” there’s gonna be a lot of cars driving around. Sure.
This asshole should keep talking – he’ll do us more good than ever by simply showing a real “disordered” mind.