That said, I don’t remember looking forward to it back in 1995. In the 25 years between Apollo 13 the moon shot and Apollo 13 the movie, the space program and anything connected with it became one of the most surefire yawneroos around. The last thing I remember is – what? that soi-disant amazing Hubble telescope with its never-before-seen pictures of assorted shades of dark grey? By now, according to what they told us back in 1970, we were supposed to have timeshares on Mars and be up there flying in jetpacks round to the neighbors for a slap-up dinner of colored pellets. But the futuristic future never happened and we have to make do with a cordless phone that plays Miley Cyrus. And, in retrospect, Apollo 13 can be seen as NASA’s last shooting star—a lesson, in a technological age, that the triumph of the human spirit is still the most thrilling story of all.
MS: You understand from these emails that Libya was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s pet project, that she would knock off this harmless, old, past his sell-by date, pock-marked desert transvestite, and she would end up with a big foreign policy feather in her cap, that it was easy to do. And instead, in effect, because she gave it no further thought, except in those shrunken terms of political benefit to her, she left a failed state in Libya, which has resulted in the Libyan ports being under the control of ISIS, and them now being used as the main jumping off point for this flood of refugees that are remorselessly landing on the shores of Italy every day, every day, every day, and destabilizing Italy and other European Union countries. That’s Hillary Clinton’s Libya. Libya is Hillary’s failed policy. That’s what she did. That was supposed to be her great accomplishment as Secretary of State. Instead, she turned it not only into just another failed state, but a failed state that is destabilizing American allies. And nobody is saying a word about that.
Large scale institutionalized corruption is only sustainable under a totalitarian political system. It requires a ruthless elite, an extensive bureaucracy deployed to do their will, a monopoly on violence to crush opposition, and just enough meritocratic social mobility to quell thoughts of revolt by the masses. The Ottomans may hold the record, making it work for six centuries, but they were hardly alone.
So the West has made a virtue out of necessity, if indeed there is anything in the least bit virtuous in denuding the developing world of its best and brightest in order to demonstrate one’s multiculti bona fides.