04 Apr '11, 1pm

Breaking: George Will takes the train, may have been collectivized

Breaking: George Will takes the train, may have been collectivized

Its power is spreading. Photo: travis A few weeks back, as we wrote here , Newsweek columnist George Will wrote a screed against rail travel in which he made a startling suggestion about the true motivation behind the Obama administration's support for rail transportation: [T]he 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. Well, we've got some shocking news. Apparently, the dastardly progr...

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