The embarrassing truth about SpaceX

The impulse seems to be mainly driven by raw cultural aesthetics: a worship of individuals like Musk and Bezos as nimble innovators disrupting sclerotic government. All of which ignores both the dark side of unbound private sector visionaries and the practical reality that the government could attract exciting and innovative talent if, again, it was just willing to pay for it.

The biggest reason human beings have to go into space remains frivolous and impractical in the best and most glorious way: Because it’s there.

Shoving that reasoning into a private sector framework is always going to be an odd fit.

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