Among my Facebook friends, there was a lot of chatter about the new movie ‘Interstellar.’ Most of my FB friends are nerds, all right. Mostly they liked the movie, although they complained it was kind of long. A recurring sentiment was to the effect of “I hope this movie sparks a new interest in space exploration.”
No, it won’t. The political class made the choice a long time ago. The constituency that grows is the constituency that is fed; and the political class chose to feed the FSA [i.e. the people who want welfare, Obamaphones, and other Free Stuff]. NASA’s budget is a third what it was in the 1960’s, in the same period, the budget for welfare programs has skyrocketed to over a trillion dollars per year.
The Democrat Party has embraced a Skinner Box theory of governance; voters have been trained to pull the level for Democrats and get a reward. Since President LBJ initiated the “War on Poverty’ in 1964, the Government has spent $22 Trillion on welfare with no reduction in the poverty rate. We could have built self-sustaining colonies on Mars for that amount of money; but instead, the political class decided it was more important to give this woman an Obamaphone. And instead of aiming for Mars, NASA’s mission is to enhance the self-esteem of Mohammedans.
The Democrat Party, while labeling itself the ‘Party of Science,’ is fundamentally anti-science. ‘Science’ to them is just an empty rhetorical device. Global Warming necessitates vastly expanded Government and commensurately limited freedom because “Science says the Earth has a fever.” And it’s science that dictates that a foetus isn’t a human life until it passes through the birth canal.
The constituency for Free [Stuff] from the Government is enormous and can never be sated. The Constituency for space exploration is quite small, the constituency that really understands science is even smaller. One movie, no matter how well made or compelling, will not change that equation.