Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Of urban myths and ideologies

When I was living in Western Europe every so often one of the locals would badger me with a story about how NASA had wasted x millions of dollars developing a pen that would work in zero gravity, while the smarter Soviets just used pencils. Most of these individuals were socialists, which makes it all the more ironic that I’m seeing some US conservatives propagate the very same meme on FaceBook this week, though now the amount of money wasted by “big government” is in the billions of dollars. Of course the best thing about all of this is that the story isn’t true. Not even a little. But it is a great example of the universal blinding power of ideologies on both sides of the left - right divide, especially when it comes to an idea or ‘truth’ that supposedly embodies everthing that’s wrong with the other side.

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