Thu, 11 October 2012
It's VP Debate Night, but we're still untangling the fallout of the last debate. And now that things have calmed down some, we were glad to have Greg Dworkin back with us to take us on a tour of the polling landscape. From there, it was on to an exploration of new frontiers for the show--specifically science and space. This week saw the successful launch and docking of the first private, unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station, pulled off by SpaceX and its Dragon cargo vessel. A great leap forward? A victory for privatization at the expense of a once-inspiring public endeavor? Aaron Oesterle (aka FerrisValyn) joined us for a discussion, and raised some thought-provoking questions and issues about an area that used to border on science fiction, but are going to become part of our everyday reality in the near future. Privatization is everywhere these days, and that led us to wrap up with a detour into prison privatization in particular, and the peculiar dangers of letting hyper capitalists (and future locust capitalists) lead the effort to privatize an entire economy all at once, as with Bain & Co. and the former Soviet Union. Now I have a headache! But what a set of issues to sort out next week!