Category Archives: Politics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America”


Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America. By Kate Zernike. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2010. I should no longer be surprised by journalistic accounts. They always have the same strengths—and there are some in this book—and weaknesses which … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know”


Marcia Smith at Space Policy On-Line has a terrific blog post entitled, “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know.” It details the present kerfuffle over U.S./Russian cooperation in space. The information is outstanding; the perspective insightful. I recommend it as … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy”


The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy. By Alex Zhavoronkov. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. This is a fascinating book and overall Alex Zhavoronkov is to be commended for putting it together. It is also … Continue reading

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The Transit Program and the Origins of Nuclear Power Systems for Spaceflight


Since the dawn of the space age more than 50 years ago, the United States has pursued a variety of methods for delivering electrical power to spacecraft in flight. Nuclear power systems are the only ones that have been found … Continue reading

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Is There a Military Human Spaceflight Mission on the Horizon?


There has been a long mating dance between the civil and military space programs over the years relative to the role of humans in space. In a succession of recent studies ranging from the Air Force Science Board’s “New World … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination”


Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination. By Denis Cosgrove. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Astronaut Joseph Allen recently made the observation that exploring the Moon in the 1960s was never really about … Continue reading

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Historical Analogies and the Commercial Development of Space


I recently completed a study on historical analogies and the commercial development of space. This study explored several historical episodes in U.S. history where the federal government undertook public/private efforts to complete critical activities valued for their public good. This largely … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy Motif in Early Mormonism


A persistent theme in American history is the belief in conspiracy, whether it is justified or not. Conspiracy ideas shape our modern society, casting doubt on many areas of public and private life. From the denial of the Moon landings … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture”


Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture. By Mark Fenster. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, second edition 2008. More than fifty years ago the great consensus historian Richard Hofstadter argued in The Paranoid Style in American Politics that the … Continue reading

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America and the Cult of Conspiracy


Americans certainly, and perhaps all the cultures of the world, love the idea of conspiracy as an explanation of how and why many events have happened. It plays to their innermost fears and hostilities that there is a well-organized, well-financed, … Continue reading

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