Originally Posted by mhgaffney
Look at India.
It was once very prosperous -- and wealthy. India was the crown jewel in the British empire.
The Brits built a RR system to loot the country -- the RRs were designed not to develop India but to extract wealth --
Britain used the resources/wealth stolen from India to launch its own industrial revolution.
The Brits meanwhile used the various language, cultural differences and the caste system to turn Indians against themselves -- a method of control the US has copied and taken to new levels (as evidenced by Edward Snowden's revelations).
It is not a pretty picture.
In that context, every railroad everywhere for all time was developed to extract wealth.