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tractorman February 1st, 2019 7:24pm

Is the interstate highway system (and all highway systems at that) a prime example of Socialism in America?

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Ovix Christian Fascist
02/05/19 9:01 am

Socialism is when the people directly/indirectly own the means of production. This hasn’t anything to do with socialism, but rather economic statism. Statism, being when the state owns the means of production. America, being a mixed economy, has both privately-owned and state-owned businesses.

TwinJefe Pacific Northwest
02/01/19 1:22 pm

No, National Security was one of the main factors in the creation of an interstate highway system.

-Safety - an annual toll of nearly 40,000 killed and 1.3 million injured.

- Congestion - wastes billions of hours in detours and jams amounting to billions of dollars in productive time.

-Courts - civil suits related to traffic clog up our courts.

-Economy - bad roads nullify the efficiency in the production of goods by inefficiency in their transport.

-DEFENSE - "the appalling inadequacies to meet the demands of catastrophe or defense, should an atomic war come."

www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/originalintent.cfm
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TwinJefe Pacific Northwest
02/01/19 1:24 pm

I’ve read that during WWII, Eisenhower was impressed by the German autobahn and its efficiency at moving troops and equipment.
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John1 Florida
02/01/19 1:41 pm

I agree actually.

He also wanted to establish the interstate system so that in a worse case scenario war time crisis, planes could use the highways as run ways.

TwinJefe Pacific Northwest
02/01/19 2:41 pm

That’s really interesting. I hadn’t heard that before but it makes sense.

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
02/01/19 12:49 pm

Yes, it is.
A system of private toll roads would be the capitalistic approach to a national highway system.

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Ebola007 Florida
02/01/19 12:30 pm

It was a combined effort of state and federal governments. What is your reasoning for it being an example of socialism.

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tractorman Make Good Trouble
02/01/19 1:39 pm

It took taxes from the people of one state and redistributed them to people in other states via federal grants and payments.

Ebola007 Florida
02/01/19 1:52 pm

I guess you could say it is.