August 28, 2003

" if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there"

It was cool to click on NRO and see an article on space, by Rand Simberg. Those who wander the blogshore know him, but he really deserves a wider audience.

...Even Apollo, for all of the lofty rhetoric surrounding it, was not really about space, or opening the high frontier � it was about demonstrating technological superiority over totalitarianism. Sadly, rather than making it a race between free enterprise and socialism, we instead (partly in order to keep the American Left and the Europeans on board, partly because there was a Cold War on) made it one between democratic socialism and totalitarian socialism, by setting up a monolithic government agency to accomplish the mission..
And also partly because it was in the spirit of the times to think that big government, mobilized in a warlike fashion could solve anything. "War on Poverty,' "War on Cancer." Or the way we fought in Vietnam�it was always our big government vs theirs. It never occured to anyone, Republican or Democrat, to offer the Vietnamese a small government free-enterprise alternative.

We are gradually, by dint of many painful lessons, geting out of that mind-set. But it is still an odd idea to many people that 'space' and "NASA" might not be the same thing.

Posted by John Weidner at August 28, 2003 10:57 AM
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