Over the last week or so a number of people, including me, have pointed out that much of the dissembling about the proposed NASA budget is being done by people with a financial and/or political interest in maintaining the status quo. It has been particularity disturbing how often those representing vested interests fail to disclose their relationship. (With that in mind I am explicitly disclosing that the Space Frontier Foundation is in the business of advancing NewSpace through public education and totally dependent on donations from people who, for a variety of reasons, want the same.)
I’m troubled, however, by some in our midst who have been painting all of our opponents with this same broad brush.
I want to make it clear that not all the people trying to save to Ares I have a vested interest, or are shilling for those with a vested interested. In the space arena there is a significant minority of honest, well-meaning people who genuinely believe that government must be in charge when doing complicated things. For them it is inconceivable that the private sector would produce safe products unless the strong hand of government forces them to do so. It’s fine for the means of production to be in private hands, so long everything is under firm government control. In other fields these people would be called socialists, or more accurately national socialists. For historical reasons in the space field they are called Von Braunian, after the German-American rocket man.
These Von Braunian Socialists are wrong and disconnected from American realities. They are not liars and do not deserve having their honesty called into question.