Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Thursday, January 15, 2004


    To the Moon, Alice!

    Bush wants to go to the moon. That's good in that I'd really like to see NASA do something useful -- or at least interesting -- with the space program. But I wonder if it might not be a better bet to hold out for the children of the X-Prize to get us to the moon, Mars, and beyond. If we leave it to government, any benefits so gained, such as mineral mining, will be lost to the bureaucracy and the feeding of Leviathan. Private concerns will seek to make a buck, and as they do so, the products and opportunities derived from space exploration will become available to the rest of us.

    This isn't to say that NASA shouldn't try. God knows they need to do something to justify their wretched existence. And for a while, they will stay ahead of the private sector simply on the basis of having a head start and more funding. But as the internet has shown us, space travel will be a very different animal once the private sector gets hold of it.

    Posted by Tom, 1/15/2004 12:56:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...