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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Culture Wars: The Struggle To Control The Family, Art, Education, Law, And Politics In America”


Culture Wars: The Struggle To Control The Family, Art, Education, Law, And Politics In America. By James Davison Hunter. New York: Basic Books, 1992. Since I mentioned this book in last week’s Wednesday book review, I thought it was appropriate … Continue reading

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President Kennedy and the Apollo Commitment: A Unique Moment in Time


Tomorrow will be the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy announcing the decision to pursue a Moon landing by the end of the decade of the 1960s. On May 25, 1961, he stood before a joint session of Congress and … Continue reading

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Considering Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment


The recent Lincoln biopic by Steven Spielberg, with its masterful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, has raised to a new level interest in the process whereby slaves achieved freedom during the Civil War. The film focuses on … Continue reading

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African Americans and Mormonism, Mitt Romney, and the 2012 Presidential Election,


In the 2012 presidential contest between the Democratic incumbent Barak Obama and the Republican challenger Mitt Romney, religion has risen to the foreground in many areas of the campaign. Mitt Romney’s lifetime commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of … Continue reading

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A Sad and Ill-Considered Decision: The University of Missouri Press Has Been Shuttered


Perhaps you have been following this, but for those who have not the president of the University of Missouri, Timothy M. Wolfe, announced on May 24, 2012, that he was closing the University of Missouri Press. This is a venerable … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Twentieth Century: A People’s History”


The Twentieth Century: A People’s History. By Howard Zinn. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. No historian of the United States has been more provocative than Howard Zinn (1922–2010), whose leftist philosophy permeated his writings and never failed to challenge his readers. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: Richard Brookhiser’s “Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington”


Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. By Richard Brookhiser. New York: Free Press, 1996. Richard Brookhiser’s Founding Father is one of several recent biographies of America’s revolutionary generation that seeks to capture what he believes was the essence of George Washington’s … Continue reading

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What Were the Origins of Mormon/Non-Mormon Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the NACA Model for Technology Transfer


I published this week an op-ed in Space News entitled “The NACA Model for Technology Transfer.” In this piece I laid out the manner in which the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) approached the issue of deciding, developing, and … Continue reading

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