construction of this massive system, surely the largest of its type in
the world and in all of history, facilitated the suburban boom during
the 1950's and beyond. Thus those in more dense areas were able to buy
up houses on the cheap in the burbs for a fraction of what they would
cost in an urban area, if available there at all. But the not so hidden
cost was this behemoth of a road system that is difficult to maintain.
Once you start to factor in the rising cost of oil and, basically, all
the raw materials that go into maintaining it, the interstate highway
system starts to look less tenable in the future.
Asian, at least certain places there, will not suffer as much from this
problem, because they have rail systems, which though difficult to run
at a profit, are a good fallback should car-based transportation start
This is exactly what makes America so much
richer than the rest of the world, their standard of living and
consumerism level is and will always be light years ahead of even the
(make believe and puny) richest of the other countries worldwide like
Sweden or Germany or JAPAN, etc: they don't have big homes and big wide
roads and Malls and big stores and all kinds of consumerism like the USA
has, that is why they grow so little, they will never contribute to
worldwide Economic Growth, only those poor countries that then become
middle class are now contributing to worldwide growth.
entire concept of Economic Growth was invented in America and really
only applies to the American Economy and the American Model of growth is
the only kind of growth that is possible: otherwise a country remains
third world like India and Africa.
But we must exactly keep
growing and consuming ever more, we need wild consumerism (the entire
world must become like America and even more so) , we need to build
trillions of cars and Rockets to Mars and Skyscrapers, we need to
increase consumerism like crazy, but everyone believes in this new False
Religion of Nature Protection (give us back the old Khrist, we don't
need another religion), of Resource Scarcity, etc. when there are no
Resource Scarcities and nature is there for us to use as we please and
technology today can make us do anything, and we need trillions of
Nuclear Reactors for energy, etc..