Some hasty thoughts on infrastructure

At a club meeting at my school this week, Current Affairs, we were discussing the infrastructure of the United States.  One of the points made was that a comprehensive system of high-speed (real high-speed) rails is unrealistic because we couldn't retro fit our current infrastructure to support it. This argument annoys me.

I don't advocate for retrofitting.  I think we're past that point.  I think it's time for an infrastructural revolution.

We're still living in an infrastructure designed in the Renaissance and retrofitted for the Industrial Era.  We're already two eras behind, and the naysayers about the future of society are promoting a self-fulfilling prophecy in their refusal to acknowledge that what we as a civilization, as a world, need is a total reworking of our basic living systems.

I will expand on this point later.