Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Big Government and Highways

"By 1921 only constitutionalist dinosaurs objected to federal aid to highways," reminds Bill Kauffman in his latest book review — Road to Perdition. "Engineers and bureaucrats grabbed the wheel," he writes. "Powered by eminent domain and tax dollars, they leveled city neighborhoods as a sacrifice to the god of efficient transportation. Community and beauty—not to mention property rights—became anachronisms..."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The move towards highways was simply an extension of a deeply established federal policy on increasing the pathways of commerce and communication in the country, stretching all the way back to the Erie Canal and including the expansion of the railroads. For good or ill, the creation of the highway system was not a novum in American policy. Even Madison & Jefferson supported post roads after all.

Cheers!

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

But it's still fun to oppose it all!

10:53 PM  

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