Of Rails and Liberty
by Daniel G. Jennings
Credit The Libertarian Enterprise
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Once upon a time, America had an efficient, cost effective transportation system technology that adequately served the needs of virtually all citizens. This transportation system utilized cutting edge high technology and didn’t run on imported energy sources like oil. Best of all this transportation was almost entirely owned and operated by private enterprise and developed without government money.
The year was 1910 and the transportation system was electric powered rail. Back in 1910 residents of most American urban areas could take an electric powered trolley car to work for about five cents. Private developers were expanding what we would call light rail networks to suburban and rural areas. Plans were even afoot for high speed electric powered trains that connected major cities similar to the Japanese and French bullet trains.
So what happened to this transportation system? Government and politicians got to work that’s happened. The politicians didn’t like rail because it was an efficient privately owned and operated transportation system that they couldn’t control. So they looked around for an alternative and found one: the automobile.
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Gooferment creates the problem. Then, “solves” it.
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