Ed Markey did not allow Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw to bloviate when asked if he would make East Palestine residents whole in all respects.
Ed Markey warns Norfolk Southern CEO
As this CEO is in front of Congress, giving the impression that he and his companies care about the American people, his lobbyists are bribing politicians to forego any safety regulations. For these guys paying for disasters and killing people is just a cost of doing business that is less expensive than investing in doing things safely and environmentally sound.
Senator Ed Markey intends to hold Norfolk Southern accountable. The CEO refused to say he would make the citizens of East Palestine whole. He says he intends that they do. It is, for this reason, our rail lines need to be removed from the private sector.
Freeways and our roadways belong to the public. It gives us all equal access to travel throughout the country. Why are railways not owned by we-the-people as well? Why do we leave ourselves hostage to private companies— conglomerates of investors — to control our transportation circulatory system?
I believe in real free enterprise and real democracy. Capitalism is neither. After all, the largest capitalist country is a communist country. And many other capitalist countries are entering the next stage, which, mathematically, was not hard to predict, fascism. That is the second option available to any system that bleeds the masses.
Free enterprise means that all have equal opportunities to build their own economies without restrictions from not having healthcare, energy, transportation, and a basic income. I will detail this in another newsletter, but I have written about this in my most recent book, “How To Make America Utopia: Take away the economy from those who rigged it.”
Having our railways, a vital part of our economy, in the private sector illustrates an important reality. Our safety and much more are placed in competition with corporate profits — stock appreciation. I was pleasantly surprised that one of my favorite columnists, John Nichols, wrote about rail workers clamoring for we-the-people control of our railways. He published the article “Why Railway Workers Are Calling for a Nationalized Rail System“which expresses the sentiment.
We have a lot of un-indoctrination to do. It is our only salvation.
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