Conclusion: The Only Way to Keep the Sky from Falling Is…

  • James T. Bennett


Killer asteroids, trips to Mars, Russian satellites arcing across the sky: we’ve come a long way from the debates over John Quincy Adams’s “light-houses of the sky” — or even Vannevar Bush’s National Science Foundation. Big Science has learned well how to obtain funding for even outlandish-sounding projects. But there also exists a counter-tradition of constitutionalist skepticism that views both National Defense Education Acts (NDEAs) and Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) — not to mention the National Education Association — with a critical eye. That tradition has become a distinctly minority affair, but in the coming age of missions to Mars and planetary defense schemes, we may need it more than ever. The time has come to hear from the Frank Jewetts again.


Global Warming Climate Research Unit Academic Dishonesty National Education Association Holocaust Denier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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