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The Infrastructure Battle

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On July 11, 2021
David Alff has an interesting Boston Review essay on the real outline over the battle around Biden’s infrastructure plan. After a long and quite informative discussion of the history of infrastructure as it developed in Europe (I knew basically nothing about this), Alff explores its history up to the New Deal and then gets to […]
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Good piece by Osita Nwanevu about using the infrastructure plan to provide another key piece of what props up the nation: local journalism. And it is indeed crumbling. Unfortunately, our journalistic institutions are also crumbling. Thanks to the disruptions wrought by the dawn of the internet age and sharp declines in traditional advertising revenue, the […]
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No Privatized Infrastructure

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On March 16, 2021
I talked yesterday about the poisoning of the water supplies of Jackson, Mississippi by a government more concerned with Dr. Seuss books than with its own people, at least if they are Black. There is a lesson here on the national scale. In the upcoming infrastructure bill, which unfortunately is going to have to be […]

Fixing the Subways

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On June 2, 2016

The big subway systems of New York, Washington, and Boston are just getting worse and worse. Cities and states are struggling to keep up the maintenance. Commuters are getting frustrated. But the prob

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Self-Driving Cars

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On April 4, 2016
Atrios is right. Self-driving vehicles ain’t going to happen, at least not in the United States. Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It can’t find the lane markings!” Kerssemakers griped to Mayor […]

Deficit Spending

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On April 3, 2016

Yglesias is making a lot of sense here. With interest rates this low, the nation should just borrow the money to rebuild its infrastructure and not worry about some existential need to pay off the deb

Infrastructure

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On August 5, 2014

While I’m not at all questioning the terrible state of infrastructure in the Philippines and how it costs the nation much productivity and thus money, but it’s worth noting that the decayi

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