Saturday, February 14, 2009

World Peace for V-Day, 1909

This Capitol Journal headline from February 14, 1909 was too great to pass up! I don't think it was written specifically for Valentine's Day. I read it as straight news - but it's hard to read in light of 1914. About what things today are we foolishly optimistic? The economy perhaps? Our willingness to ignore climate change and easy oil?

Anyway, this post has absolutely nothing to do with beer and everything to do with history.

More directly interesting perhaps is the paper's legislative agenda for February. Note how much of it is transportation infrastructure. Making connections between farm and city, and between distant communities, was a central issue for commerce and for culture. Now we have a decaying infrastructure and one based on the single-passenger automobile. Too bad we didn't continue to invest in rail...

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