Skip to comments.Quote from Book, "Artificial River" by Carol Sheriff
Posted on 07/05/2013 5:42:25 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich
Great book, great part of history...The Artificial River is a great read on the Erie Canal...should be a course at universities replacing say, studies of Beyonce or the "Artwork of Madonna", etc. Anyway, there's lots of history. I found a great quote, from page 24, where the author talks about the difference between Practical Republicans and Southern Republicans...Practical ones rejected Adam Smith's laissez-faire economy...here's from the book:
Practical Republicans thought the government should guide economic developments by adopting protective tariffs and investing in internal improvements; they also rejected Adam Smith's ideas about a laissez-faire economy. To ensure a just and virtuous commonwealth, they desired a government run by individuals who had proved their mettle in a market economy, achieved financial success, and demonstrated a commitment to good works. These successful men believed they had a moral obligation to help uplift those below them, and in turn they expected deference from those they helped.
When it comes to government funding of infrastructure if its filling an existing need that will enable and grow commerce I’m OK with it. The new Detroit river bridge will help to alleviate a freight bottleneck at the second busiest freight crossing on the continent. (it helps that Canada is paying for it)
If its Cargo cult infrastructure that is supposed to magically create a need, I’ll take a pass. High speed rail is like building a modern full capacity airport in the center of the Brazilian rainforest and expecting a city to spring up around it.
That's what UN Agenda 21 is intended to do.
First you make it so expensive to own property via zoning laws and taxes that you effectively outlaw private property.
Then you lure the property-less peasants to high rise containment facilities on both coasts with promises of free food and shelter and suddenly a 1000 mile long city springs up along your high-speed rail corridor.
In other words, paying off their campaign contributors with protected markets. Sorry, I'm with Adam Smith here.