[Marxism] Space Shuttle & NASA

Jeff Goodwin jgoodwin.nyu at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 16:32:39 MDT 2011


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> On 07/07/2011 05:47 PM, jay rothermel wrote:
>> I am curious what other comrades think about the shuttle<http://tinyurl.com/5tffy97>and NASA in general.  And if comrades know of any useful Marxist articles or books about the US space program, that would be much appreciated, too.


I've always been partial to the late Gil Scott-Heron's take on the
U.S. space program in his spoken-word song, "Whitey on the Moon":

A rat done bit my sister Nell
(with Whitey on the moon).
Her face and arms began to swell
(and Whitey's on the moon).
I can't pay no doctor bill
(but Whitey's on the moon).
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still
(while Whitey's on the moon).

The man jus' upped my rent las' night
('cause Whitey's on the moon).
No hot water, no toilets, no lights
(but Whitey's on the moon).
I wonder why he's uppin' me?
('cause Whitey's on the moon?)
I wuz already payin' 'im fifty a week
(with Whitey on the moon).

Taxes takin' my whole damn check,
Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin' up,
An' as if all that shit wuzn't enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell
(with Whitey on the moon).
Her face an' arm began to swell
(but Whitey's on the moon).

Was all that money I made last year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain't no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey's on the moon.)
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon).
I think I'll send these doctor bills,
Airmail special,
to Whitey on the moon.




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