An Argument For The Uninvention of NASA

Posted: July 31, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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epic failAn argument for uninventing NASA and government space in general comes from George Will, who himself is quoting "The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America" by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch.  The quote below is regarding the broad topic of “existence bias,” the human predisposition to believe things will keep on largely as they exist (and how our dissatisfaction with existent organizations may be overcome by information and market choices).

"Think of any customer experience that has made you wince or kick the cat. What jumps to mind? Waiting in multiple lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Observing the bureaucratic sloth and lowest-common-denominator performance of public schools, especially in big cities. Getting ritually humiliated going through airport security. Trying desperately to understand your doctor bills. Navigating the permitting process at your local city hall. Wasting a day at home while the gas man fails to show up. Whatever you come up with, chances are good that the culprit is either a direct government monopoly (as in the providers of K-12 education) or a heavily regulated industry or utility where the government is the largest player (as in health care)."

Now regarding space, does it seem that government is the biggest player?  That it holds within it large bureaucracies (military services, intelligence community, NASA, and others)?  That government regulates the space industrial base via what it chooses to fund and at what levels?  And that new space is a threat to such activities?

Just askin’…


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