The 50th anniversary of the moon landing gave Americans a chance to reflect on one of humankind’s greatest technological achievements. And yet, for all of the digital-age benefits the space program brought us, there are reasons to doubt that we could muster a consensus to continue exploring the solar system and outer space. Even the word “we” in this context is fraught with conflict, and still moreso Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind.” Is mankind capable of making such a leap again? Of course, anyone even posing such a question would be flogged in the public square for not using the gender-neutral “humankind”.
That, unfortunately, is the spirit of this age, and even if we could get past semantics and build a space ship capable of interplanetary travel, there are no guarantees we could find a crew with sufficiently diverse ethnic backgrounds and sexual preferences to get the vessel off the launching pad. In a recent essay online, Daniel Greenfield skewered those who would inhibit America’s can-do spirit with tendentious concerns over political correctness, climate change and all the rest. “Fifty years ago, a nation that we now know was racist, didn’t care about the environment and drank too much soda, landed on the moon,” he notes. For the full essay click here.