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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 05:07 PM

3. Hard to figure whether this is praising Robert Moses or damning him.

It does criticize Robert Caro who wrote an excellent biography on Moses. He also wrote an excellent biography (multiple volumes) on LBJ. I think it was on Moses that Caro observed: "We're taught Lord Acton's axiom: all power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I believed that when I started these books, but I don't believe it's always true any more. Power doesn't always corrupt. Power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power is that power always reveals."

And what it revealed about Moses is why he built the bridges across Long Island parkways so low—so that buses from NYC could not fit under them and bring Black and Brown people out from NYC to his precious Jones Beach and other public facilities on Long Island.

Moses was a power hungry bastard and accrued much of it though the millions in tolls collected by the NY/NJ Bridge and Tunnel Authority, which he headed. He not only built the bridges and tunnels, he also carved up and destroyed many long-established neighborhoods by running espressways and parkways through them and thereby totally disrupting millions of lives. And of course he made sure none of those roads were built through wealthy areas.

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