Today’s Links 7/7/2011

  • The Washington Monthly – The Magazine – The Case for Not-Quite-So-High-Speed Rail
    "Europe’s high-speed trains, like the German Intercity-Express, get all the attention, but we should aspire first to match its conventional rail service, which is faster than ours" – and MORE RELIABLE. I would seriously look at taking the train to PDX or BC if I trusted that they would be on time, and run frequently enough to make sense.
  • Founding Falter
    on political history, comparison of systems, and where we are now. (not mentioned as a factor of our system surviving so long: pre-Civil War, fed gov’t didn’t do much anyhow; pre-New Deal/WWII, Congress was generally the stronger branch.)

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