Friday, December 10, 2010

Quotation for the day: Stephen B. Goddard

Ironically, the burgeoning economy that the interstates helped to create in the world's leading capitalist country carried inescapable overtones of socialism.  Any mode of transport requires both a vehicle and a pathway.  Railroads, the quintessential free-enterprisers, owned both their trains and their tracks.  But Congress built, owned, and maintained the interstate pathways it supplied free to commercial motor vehicles.

Stephen B. Goddard, Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century (New York: Basic Books, 1994) 193-4.

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