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.My belief is that there is plenty of food available to feed the world, but it is your adherence to the need for a profit that stops the hungry being fed. I guess blockades don't exactly help either...
I wonder why you feel that folk working together, co-operating, can't spur creativity and innovation? No profit to cream off?
Can cooperating spur innovation? In theory, yes. Does a profit motive lead to a significant increase in innovation? Absolutely. Compare farming productivity in the Soviet Union to that of the United States. There is a reason why grain was being shipped east.
Better agricultural practices and technology, many of them pioneered in the capitalist United States, mean we can grow much more food on a lot less land. This has resulted in people spending a much smaller percentage of their incomes on food, fewer people going hungry, and a smaller environmental footprint for our farms.
You are essentially arguing that a 1925 Ford can consistently beat a modern day F1 car in a race.
But to bring this back on topic, I believe that one reason why you see absolutely no innovation and improvement in Amtrak’s product is because, at the end of the day, they know the government will be there to ensure their survival. I do believe that the government should ensure that we have a healthy and robust passenger rail system. However, you are seeing the results of government not cooking in some motivation for Amtrak to improve their product in order to survive. Perhaps national passenger rail service should be put out to bid every so often.
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