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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    North Korea’s history of famine and death predates the sanctions. You have to be genuinely ignorant of history to believe that communist and (truly) socialist countries have done a better job of feeding their people. Can cooperating spur innovation? In theory, yes. Does a profit motive lead...
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    Yes, Venezuela and North Korea are doing a great job with feeding their people. And those poor South Koreans going hungry because they chose capitalism instead... Capitalism creates competition, which spurs innovation and lowers prices. This has led to the ability to feed more people for much...
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    Capitalist countries began cleaning up the environment WELL before communist countries did. Actually, communist countries never really did. By contrast, Richard Nixon, a Republican, created the EPA in 1970. You should really read this: The Grim Pollution Picture in the Former Soviet Union
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    It’s a much more complicated issue than you are suggesting. The improvement in the quality of life is what motivates the desire for continued economic growth. Simply put, capitalism, for all of its faults, has improved more lives than any other economic system. And it’s not as if the...
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    In 2019, the USA had the most significant CO2 reduction in the world on a country basis.
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    Huge ridership killer in reservation system for 3x weekly service

    Isn't that done so you can connect with the western trains? Still... I agree that it's absurd that all of the NYC-Chicago trains travel on the same exact three days per week.
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    Woah! Relax! All I was pointing out was that you were incorrect as to what capitalism actually is. I was not commenting in the slightest on my personal viewpoints and, regardless, even the most diehard capitalist understands that government must provide certain functions. That said, one of...
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    You are confusing crony capitalism for actual capitalism. Your example is used by capitalists as an argument for why government should stay out of the private market. Capitalists do not believe that government should prop up private enterprises. They believe that the economy is best served by...
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    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    No, capitalists believe in a free market. They believe that if something is losing money it deserves to go out of business. They view money losing operations as inefficient and therefore a drain on the overall economy.
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    VIA Business Class Returns

    Good news. It will be interesting to see what happens as Covid numbers appear to be growing again.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    As a business traveler, I can assure you that I do too.
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    Amtrak Service Reductions

    Same here. I don't like non-daily service one bit. But referring studies based on NORMAL travel is not really relevant or helpful in the age of Covid-19. First and foremost, I want Amtrak to survive. Hopefully they will be fully funded for the restoration of daily service.
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    Flix Trains Europe

    Here is a recent trip report.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    The study that argued that less than daily service costs Amtrak money in the long run was based on pre-Covid ridership numbers. It is not relevant in a post-Covid world.
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    Amtrak Service Reductions

    So by that logic Amtrak should run twelve Empire Builders per day. The problem with your argument is that you are completely ignoring the cost side of the equation. Let's say that Amtrak picks up three additional passengers because they decided to run 12 Empire Builders instead of 11 each day...
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