Thoughts on the knee-jerk leftist/”progressive” impulse to shut people up:
It’s an interesting question: do liberals try to silence their opponents because of an inherent authoritarian tendency, or merely because they are losing the argument?
Like John Hinderaker, I think it’s both.
I have some thoughts on the House authorization bill (which looks like it’s being voted perhaps tomorrow), over at PJM.
It looks like (contrary to the idiotic claims that there was “widespread opposition” in Congress to the new direction for human spaceflight) Bart Gordon is having trouble selling his porkfest to “aggrieved” representatives outside the committee:
In a July 21 letter to Gordon, 13 California Democrats urged the committee to restore funding for commercial crew and cargo initiatives and exploration technology programs requested in Obama’s 2011 spending plan.
“These reductions will have a serious effect on California’s workforce and economy, and that of many states,” states the letter, which was spearheaded by Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Silicon Valley Democrat who has worked closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on energy and technology policy initiatives in Congress. “These are areas that should be the cornerstone of NASA’s new direction because they will drive innovation and job creation across the nation.”
It’s nice to see the California delegation finally acting like they give a damn about space, after all of the jobs they allowed NASA to move to Florida, Alabama and Texas in the nineties. I assume that some of this is a result of successful lobbying by SpaceX.
Except when I write about politics; then I write like:
…is retiring from NASA this week. He has some parting thoughts on rockets and steamboats.
The agency will miss him, even if it doesn’t know it.
Is it dead? Let’s hope so.
What did it know, and when did it know it?