Hail, Columbia! Michael C. Tuggle on the socialist space program.
- Hail, Columbia!
by Michael C. Tuggle
Think of the space shuttle as a fractal element of the Federal
government. Fractals, you'll recall, are those bizarre, intricate
structures composed of miniature copies of themselves, such as the
famous Mandelbrot Set, or deceptively mundane broccoli. Most fractals
are elegant, often beautiful, arrangements that emerge from patterns
created from their constituent elements. The post-constitutional Federal
government, on the other hand, is a grim kaleidoscope of dubious
projects with obscene price tags, of which the space shuttle is but one
component. Nevertheless, since the elements that make up a fractal look
like the overall structure, we can learn much about the whole by
studying one of its parts. The space shuttle, then, has much to teach us
about the political system that spawned it.
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