Michael Schaus

Do you remember when NASA used to be responsible for sending Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface? Remember when they were a beacon for capitalism’s prosperity, and an ode to western civilization’s adoption of the American Dream? (As Cadillac recently pointed out, we put a car on the moon, and left the keys… Why? Because we owned the patent on space-age progress.) Well… Prepare yourself for a disappointing turn of events: America’s space agency is now promoting the adaptation of Soviet style economics.

Apparently the dream of reaching the stars includes a hammer and sickle… Who knew? A recent NASA study was used to promote wealth redistribution, population control (hello Margret Sanger), and energy consumption quotas. Because nothing screams “space exploration” like a little communism (with hints of China’s one child quota thrown in for good measure). According to theGuardian.com:

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Once upon a time, NASA was responsible for America’s conquest of the final frontier. Well, now they’re spending our hard-earned tax dollars on promoting birth-control, gasoline rationing, and communism. I guess there was just nowhere to go but down, after we landed a man on the lunar surface. (Besides… NASA has more time on its hands, now that they’re hitching rides into space from Vladimir Putin.) But, it gets better... According to the study:

Scientists point out that the worst-case scenarios are by no means inevitable, and suggest that appropriate policy and structural changes could avoid collapse, if not pave the way toward a more stable civilisation.

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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