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How the liberal critics of the Apollo program were proven wrong

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes | about 2 years ago

Moon 2

MarkWhittington writes "A recent story in The Atlantic reminds us that the Apollo program, so fondly remembered in the 21st Century, was opposed by a great many people while it was ongoing, on the theory that the money spent going to the moon would have been better spent on poverty programs. The problem with this view was that spending for Lyndon Johnson's Great Society dwarfed the Apollo program, that the programs in the Great Society largely failed to address poverty and other social ills, and that the Apollo program actually had a stimulative effect on the economy that fostered economic growth and created jobs by driving the development of technology,"
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Let me guess... (2)

unitron (5733) | about 2 years ago | (#41354877)

...the right wing have decided to try to trick people into thinking they were solidly behind the space program all along.

When they weren't all busy marching with Dr. King.

Everything in the light of partisanism!! (1)

duiwel (1758406) | about 2 years ago | (#41355349)

I hate to break it to you, but just because some liberals were against the Space Program it doesn't mean that its suddenly some sort of win for conservatives. You can't look at history in the black-and-white ultra-partisan view of today. If anything the Space Program was a nationalist progressive movement brought on by a combination of a belief in the superiority of USA in technology and our social-political system, as well as a healthy dose of fear and paranoia about the Russians getting a leg up. The Space Program in fact goes deeply against what both a traditional conservative would support as well as what the twisted "conservatives" of today would support as well. It's big government doing something that the private sector could do. I don't care to do the research because I'm simply not going to spend my day trying to disprove such a small minded approach with more than a few sentences here, but I imagine that there were serious anti-space program legislators on both sides of the aisle (Although, I can imagine once the Space Program was whipped up into a leading nationalist project the presence of McCarthyism made it a bit harder to voice objections). Again, you can't just pull any old historical situation where a few liberals or a few conservatives were against and lump them in with all the rest. That mentality is a huge portion of what is wrong with out country today, we've taken all the voices out of politics and given ourselves only two very simple minded and very corrupt voices to work with instead - and damn anyone who deviates from the party path!
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