Heathrow

The Heathrow expansion may actually happen

Here's why it's been such a controversial 20 year (you read that right) battle

The debate over a new runway at Heathrow has been going on for as long as it'll take to build the thing. It's now been approved by the 'cabinet' (i.e. top dogs in politics) - now it's got to be voted on by MPs.

What it means: 85 million people fly through Heathrow every year. For two decades, people have been talking about adding another runway.

Some say it'd be a disaster: Britain is supposed to be cutting its carbon emissions 80 per cent by 2050, and this won't help. It'll be a nuisance for nearby villages, with some houses even being knocked down (though owners will be compensated 125 per cent of the house's value). That means people who might never even use the airport are having to shoulder a pretty enormous life change as a result of it.

And although it's being funded privately (by businesses, not government), that cost will ultimately be paid by passengers in the form of pricier tickets.

Others (like the government, obviously) are more optimistic. It'll create 60,000 jobs, they say, and meet long-standing demand for more flights from southeast England – in other words, no more crazy crowded airports. They'll be giving £2.6bn in total to residents of the area in compensation, and promise they'll still meet carbon emissions targets.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?