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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

disgruntled yank Silver badge

I am not an advocate for the C&C economy, but in the US such arguments tend to be read as saying that there is no place for government in the economy. What this often means here is that massive government investment during one period is forgotten quickly, and those who made a lot of money from the investment or its effects imagine they did it all themselves. In the 19th Century there were railroads, heavily subsidized west of the Mississippi at least. The New Deal built big dams on western rivers in the 1930s. By the 1950s people making money in and off defense factories with subsidized hydropower imagined that they were rugged Western individualists. The administrations of the 1950s and on built up the interstate highways system, and now anti-government dogma is at the point Congress has a hard time approving the funding that keeps it in repair--it's on a short-term agreement at the moment.

By the way, one of the first government pushes Over Here for railroad consolidation came from the US Army during WW II: all the lines with incompatible arrangements made it hard to move men and materials at the scale needed.

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