March 9, 2011
BECAUSE THEY HATE SOCIETY:
Off the Rails: Why do conservatives hate trains so much? (David Weigel, March 8, 2011, Slate)
What, exactly, do Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians have against trains? Seriously, what? Why did President George W. Bush try to zero out Amtrak funding in 2005? Why is the conservative Republican Study Committee suggesting that we do so now? Why does George Will think "the real reason for progressives' passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans' individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism"?
"You need to distinguish between Republicans and conservatives and libertarians when you look at this," says William Lind, the director of the American Conservative Center for Public Transportation. "It's the libertarians who push this crap."
And it's because they hate anything that isn't atomizing. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2011 5:56 AM