[Marxism] Voting with feet, not commendable in Argentina Re: China's high speed rail plans
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Thu Sep 3 15:47:15 MDT 2009
Lüko Willms escribió:
> Sitting e.g. in the parliament of Argentina, one would be confronted with
> such questions: should the high-speed line from Buenos Aires to Rosario and
> Cordoba be built? Should Argentina import used locomotives and wagons from
> Spain? Should the country enhance the line from BA to Mar del Plata? I might
> have my opinions and maybe disagreements about priorities of various single
> projects, but I would vote for the every sensible step to build up the national
> infrastructure with both hands, and would even raise my feet if that helps.
Well, Lüko, there are already too many people who vote with their feet
(or perhaps their hoof) there, but you would hardly like their company.
You have the "agrarian" bloc, and you also have the "leftist" allies of
that bloc. Lots of people voting with their feet. Or hoof.
The "agrarians", of course, vote the way they do in their own interest.
They may vote with their feet, but they think with their brains. A pity
the anti-Kircherista "left", conversely, _thinks_ with their feet. Or hoof.
As to the particular issue of the railroad network, I am always reminded
of a _bourgeois_ economist, a Brazilian by name Darc Costa, who is now
an advisor to Chávez. He wrote a book during the worst years of
neoliberal domination where he advocated the creation of a South
American (not Latin American, the Brazilian bourgeoisie finds it very
difficult to swallow the challenge of fighting for the Caribbean and
Central America with the Leviathan) "mega-state" that could generate a
vast program of infrastructure where a dense South American network of
railroads would interact with a net of inlnd channels (the three basins
of the Orinoco, Amazon and Plata can be interconnected, you can enter
the continent by way of the Orinoco delta and abandon it by way of the
River Plate) in order to constitute a continental conveyor belt for
goods and passengers (Costa´s idea is that although roads should be
built first, in the end roads would be ancillary to these two networks).
As to the question of "what´s the productivity of such a high investment
in infrastructure", his answer was almost Marxist. He said that the
productivity of infrastructure could not be measured, BECAUSE THE END
PRODUCT OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT WAS PRODUCTIVITY ITSELF RATHER THAN
These issues are adamant in any Third World country. If you can´t guess
this, then you not only can call yourself a Marxist, you can hardly call
yourself a serious person.
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