Tanks vs Trains
The United States government pays companies to build tanks and jets to provide security and to protect the nation from bad guys. But if the government pays a corporation to build solar panels, high speed rail, or windmills to provide energy independence (which is a better source of security) than it is called socialist government intervention or “Big Government”. Why isn’t it called socialist government intervention for us to subsidize the building of war machines?
Socialism is when the state owns the tank building company. Capitalism is when the tank building company is owned by the corporation. Subsidizing is when the state pays the corporation to build the tanks. We have been doing this subsidizing for years. The Federal Reserve loves it and so do the folks who build the tanks and especially those who own the tank building company.
Everybody is happy until the state says it would rather subsidize high speed rail. The tank builder doesn’t know how to build high speed trains and therefore shouts SOCIALISM. Corporate backed media gets on TV news and separates us. Before you know it Americans are telling other Americans to leave the country if they’d rather have trains then tanks.
Did you know Tanks are only useful for war? Tank builders therefore need war. Good tanks protect our soldiers. So here we are gladly subsidizing tank building to protect our sons.
Why can’t we also subsidize weapons of peace that contribute to energy independence? Things like high speed rail, and Renewables. Things that keep the planet clean and alive, and we get to live out our 70 to 80 years in peace? Unfortunately, some people just don’t get peace. Maybe a nice long clean peaceful life is just too boring to be enduring.