“Anyway, my experience is that of the three modes of mechanized transport I use, trains are by far the most liberating. Planes are awful: waiting to clear security, then having to sit with your electronics turned off during takeoff and landing, no place to go if you want to get up in any case. Cars — well, even aside from traffic jams (tell me how much freedom you experience waiting for an hour in line at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel), the thing about cars is that you have to drive them, which kind of limits other stuff…
So if trains represent soulless collectivism, count me in.”
(Via Paul Krugman.)
Count me in too, Professor. Watching trains pass you by as you’re stuck in a traffic jam doesn’t strike me as freedom.