Gotta love Fox, particularly the caption “Wolmar: We need to improve Amtrak”. You didn’t say that (as you know)! The producer in the booth listened to your words, which were simple criticism, and thought ‘Well, he means we need to improve Amtrak [because that’s what we want to him to mean]’. Unbelievable. Nicely done though.
Twelve out of ten, minus three for hesitation. ;-))
ANY-SPEED-PASSENGER-RAIL would be a colossal leap for the USA & Canada, since both AUTOPIAS have massively subsidized the LAND GOBBLING, GAZZOLINE GUZZLING, DRIVE-THRU EATING, OBESITY CREATING, AUTO-DEPENDENT-CAR-CULT…
Honey, I Shrunk the Railways!!!
Wonder why the USA passenger railways have been reduced to their 1856 size?
After the near total obliteration of US & Canadian Railways, the Auto-Giants were still hungry for more market penetration and saturation, a car in every bedroom, cars for freedom, cars for kidz, cars for grannies, cars for the blind, cars for drunks, get-away cars for bank-robbers, low-rider cars for gangs.
Read on…Here’s a hyper-paranoid Inter-Organization memo from the one and only:
“GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION”
Date: January 23, 1978
To: L. Stephens
From: A. R. Buenz
Subject: ‘THE WAR AGAINST THE AUTOMOBILE”
“B. Bruce Biggs has written a very well documented book defending the automobile that makes excellent reading and would be very beneficial for those of you who occasionally take the “stump” on behalf of GM.”
“Briggs writes that intellectuals and academics are waging an all-out assault that is “merely one campaign in an upper class struggle against the standard of living, individual freedom and pride of the great mass of American people.” He factually refutes the arguments that the automobile has destroyed our cities; that the automobile has ruined mass-transit; that cars are unsafe; that most air pollution is caused by automobiles; that Detroit has suppressed engine systems.”
“Read it and pass it along to other fellow members of your field speakers bureau. If you think your public library might like a copy, let me know and I will send you one so that you may present it to them.”
Signed: A.R. Buenz
RT @maxsugarman1 Lovely to meet the great @christianwolmar for a hot chocolate in the beautiful St Pancras tonight. And he's a fellow Hollowaiain! (if thats the term...)
About 14 hours ago