Benjamin Franklin’s Magazine Loves It Some Central Planning

Two articles of note in the May/June 2010 Saturday Evening Post:

  • The requisite paean to rail travel, “Waiting on a Train”, which goes on again about how awesome rail travel is and how it’s coming back for passenger transportation again. Overlooking, as these things do, how slow it is relative to air travel and how inflexible it is relative to automobile or bus travel. But what’s important is that central planners will decide where it goes and when it goes.
  • An inspirational story, “The Town That Rebuilt Itself”, about a town rebuilding after a twister, except:

    “We had a clean slate, so why not do things right?” says former City Council President John Janssen. City officials envisioned a model for other communities.

    So you get the normal central bureau building it all green and following the latest dictational fads instead of letting the citizens build the city according to how they would use it. You know, the old fashioned way, before city councils got addicted to playing SimCity with their personal ambulatory Sims.

Oh, I’m inspired, all right. Inspired to hit SurvivalBlog for more tips on what to do when society collapses under the weight of these prigs’ self-absorbed, self-righteous busybodiness.

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  1. Overlooking, as these things do, how slow it is relative to air travel and how inflexible it is relative to automobile or bus travel. But what’s important is that central planners will decide where it goes and when it goes.

    In his new book on cars and American culture, P.J. O’Rourke argues that the car was initially unwelcome in the political establishment. The car entailed meant that people were free to leave electoral districts and leave using a means under their control.

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