Maciej Ceglowski, he of the audioblogging manifesto and the hackers are painters debunking, has done it again - this time he tears the space shuttle program, and the strange circular logic that keeps it running, apart.
I am unsure whether any space program could tolerate the scrutiny Ceglowski applias to the shuttle. Clearly there is a huge public investment in any space program that is never recouped even if commercial satellite launches are viable later on.
Secondly; if it weren't for circular logic a lot of stuff would never have been built in the first place. We call it bootstrapping for a reason. The world needs Münchhausens.