Friday, July 27, 2007

Explosion at Spaceport

An explosion occurred at the Mojave Air and Space Port at 2:34 pm PDT. This is the location where Scaled Composites, Burt Rutan's space venture firm was testing out a new rocket.
Lesson learned? Space travel is dangerous. However, the proper response of government should be to do nothing. Risky ventures can open up new frontiers literally and the people involved know what they are getting themselves into. Innovation is dangerous.

Societies that are totally risk averse, however, do not progress and lack of progression is equivalent to decay. Anyone who doubts this need look no further than the Ming Dynasty. After centuries of progress, they declined when they shut their borders to the outside world, hoping that a wall would keep out dangerous innovations. This stagnation continued through to the Qing dynasty and ended when the British sailed up the Yangtze river technologically and militarily superior. The source of the divergence between East and West was the risk tolerance of the two societies.

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