Where Are Those Private Market Cheerleaders Now in Light of the Space Program Tragedies?

We’re always being told by anti-government, free-market zealots how the private sector is so much more accomplished than the public sector.  Take government out of the business sector and watch us shine, they tell us.

Well the space program that was handed over to the private sector has demonstrated in the last week that they can make as many deadly mistakes as the government.  The question now remains, how much has this cost the tax payer?

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Failed launch by the Orbital Sciences rocket results in spectacular explosion.

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes, Killing One

Orbital Sciences rocket, station cargo ship, lost in spectacular launch mishap

Not saying the government should be put on a pedestal but don’t be fooled either by claims of free-marketers that want to glorify the private sector.  Government has its place in society and it should not be as a whipping boy for wealthy special interests that actually rely on government largesse to sustain profits while asking them to get out of their way.

Food for thought.

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4 responses to “Where Are Those Private Market Cheerleaders Now in Light of the Space Program Tragedies?

  1. Well, we both remember the early days of the space program and Polaris and Atlas-C vehicles were blowing up like Fourth of July firecrackers. So, I am willing to cut these folks some slack. Development of any new plane/rocket involves such incidents. We have not gotten to the point where computer simulations suffice, you actually have to fly these things.

    The stupidity of the conservative’s arguments though is evident. I don’t see private corporations lining up to fix all of our infrastructure problems to fix their own externalities, as it were. And these “private” space vendors are still being paid by the government and are distinguishable from the government only with regard to their management practices, a pretty poor basis to compare “private” versus “public” enterprises.

    • And these “private” space vendors are still being paid by the government and are distinguishable from the government only with regard to their management practices, a pretty poor basis to compare “private” versus “public” enterprises.

      Well said, although (as far as i’m aware) Virgin Galactic is purely commercial. Where i’m really pleased with this move is in something like SpaceX, who’ll make money doing the trucking work, but then direct those resources into Mars missions.

    • “Well, we both remember the early days of the space program and Polaris and Atlas-C vehicles were blowing up like Fourth of July firecrackers. “

      Indeed Steve. But might this be more an apples to oranges comparison considering that the early rocket scientists had less to go on than today’s private sector whizzes?

      But the point remains that the inflated egos of private sector champions have been deflated.

      • Yep~! All ‘private’ stuff should be entirely banned and the ‘profit motive’ outlawed. No quibbles, no discussion, and send in the marines to sort out any damned capitalists that object.

        Again, if we’re going Government rather than any form of (spit~!) private, we have to go whole hog and do it properly.

        No?

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