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?
Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world. It’s operational speed of 430km/h and average speed of 251kmph. (156 mph) The Maglev started commercial operations in April 2004.
It runs on the 30.5km Shanghai Maglev Line, which is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line, extending from Longyang Road Station of Metro Line 2 and ending at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Shanghai Maglev is owned and operated by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. (SMTDC). The train was constructed by a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp.
Tanks are only useful for war? Tank builders therefore need war.
Why can’t we also subsidize weapons of peace that contribute to energy independence? Things like high speed rail that run on magnets (please see above), 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 achievable.