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Gov. Moonbeam–Move Over

April 6, 2017

Jeff Bezos has announced launch of his space tourism venture, Blue Origin. Bezos has competition from Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Stratolaunch Systems founded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and Robert Bigelow’s Bigelow Aerospace.

Elon Musk’s ambitions caught my eye in September of last year, and I argued that, in order to understand the drive for space tourism, we should read Walter MacDougal’s Pulitizer Prize winning Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776.

 MacDougall exposes undercurrents in Western intellectual culture to control nature that became embodied in America’s first space exploration that were organized by NASA. The will to power visible in the desire to control nature is a religious phenomenon.

Going as far back as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, educated people sought alternatives to Christianity in Renaissance Hermeticism, magic, Rosicrucianism, and other variants of what Eric Voegelin called modern Gnosticism.

Bill Corrington, Bill Havard and I conducted a conference on Gnosticism at Vanderbilt University in 1978 that explored the Gnostic character of modernity. This phenomena has a history that I’ve explored in “Modern Political Religion,” Chapter 10, in my Development of Political Theory.

Bezos, Musk, Allen and Bigelow are the magicians of today’s anti-Christian culture and we should be thankful that they are spending their time and money on space travel and not American politics. One political space cadet is enough.

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