[Marxism] China's high speed rail plans
dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 08:15:48 MDT 2009
The wiki entry, which is sort of 'rah rah', presents the growth of high
speed rail in the PRC:
It's worth a look. Clearly, their investment *plans* include making
China the largest high speed rail country in the world and probably more
than Europe has as a whole. They are already producing their own rail
sets, of course. A lot of this is updating existing lines to high speed,
a lot of this is brand new right-of-way. It is serious. None of it,
however, has anything to do with freight, which is, as S. Artesian
points out, the heart, economically, of any rail system, in many ways.
Its what keeps trucks off the road.
I would ask that each of you do a small distillation of your POVs on
this issue. S. Artesian already did one of them, with his point, a good
one, about the reality of Chinese rail and how it stacks up against the
US. Luko, I might point out that I tend to be 'rah rah' about Chinese
infrastructure development. Rail only tells a small part of this story.
No other country compares to the PRC in terms of what they have planned
and it will, overall, benefit the Chinese people, even of some of this
(like rail) is designed in part to satisfy outside and domestic
But the biggest problem IS productivity and it weights up on China
tremendously, dragging both it's socialist and capitalist sectors down.
Now in China, productivity, or it's increase, equals more unemployment.
One of the major contradictions as China continues is march away from
collectivized political economy.
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