We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The 4 years I spent working on the Shuttle program right out of college were probably the most enlightening in so far as pulverizing any nascent belief in the government's capacity to do anything productive. I don't think it directly kept private enterprise out of the space biz, but one wonders what all that money could have been used for without the government "directing" it to that purpose.
Yet I still see the moon landing as something that was important as far as being a civilian program making a military/political point. If the USSR had successfully landed a man on the moon and returned him safely before we did, I think the cold war would have had a little more legs. I'm confident we still would have won, it just would have taken longer.