Shervin Pishevar says NASA is dead, harbinger of things to come

Shervin Pishevar is one of the most widely followed venture capitalists in the country. He has various social media properties with a combined following numbering in the six figures. He has famously engaged in multi-day tweet storms on his Twitter account, which features more than 100,000 subscribers by itself. And many of the followers of Shervin Pishevar are themselves movers and shakers within the world of tech. Shervin Pishevar has serious influence.

It is for this reason that the business press has made a habit of following his activities on social media. In a recent tweet storm that measured more than 20 hours in length, Shervin Pishevar held forth on a variety of topics. One of the most salient was his take on the sorry state of NASA and what it portends for the country’s future, especially as regards the government itself.

From the pinnacle of civilization to Jobs Corps redux

Shervin Pishevar holds NASA as a solid example of the limits of democracy and the degenerate tendencies of any government lording over a country the size of the United States. In 1969, the agency was able to invent entire realms of theretofore unprecedented technology, synthesizing from scratch the mechanisms by which man could transcend his Earthly origins and fly to the stars.

But by 2009, the agency had become little more than a jobs program for the barely competent, overrun with affirmative action hires and seemingly taking its new mission to be some kind of hairbrained photo shoot for making drab motivational office posters. The unproductive, uninspired and constitutionally incapable can now aspire to a career at NASA because NASA is them.

Shervin Pishevar says that, at the same time, virtually all advances in space travel have taken place in the private sector. Companies like Space X have been the only ones to make any progress on manned space flight since the 1970s. And other inventions with potential utility in colonizing celestial outposts, such as the development of hyperloop technology, have likewise all come from the private sector.

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