George Will: Why Liberals Love Trains – Newsweek

Will: Why Liberals Love Trains – Newsweek.

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. . . . 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.

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One Response to George Will: Why Liberals Love Trains – Newsweek

  1. Scott says:

    Funny, Gene and I were just wondering at lunch yesterday why the left is so keen on all these high speed rail projects. This is certainly an insightful and interesting explanation.

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