chapter  3
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Railroad Executives and the Interstate Commerce Commission

Harris also introduced another theme salient throughout the past century when he called for reason rather than the marketplace to define economic winners and losers. Harris demanded "reasonable compensation to the owners, reasonable compensation to the employees, reasonable charges to the users. A Trinity' that all should be willing to accept." Harris even proposed the mechanism by which reasonableness could be defined: Appointment of a commission with "public representatives."2