Science is not only a tool of knowledge, but one of significant political importance. Empires provided a perfect foundation for the growth of diverse societies, as they threw together various cultures under one rule. This collection of belief systems and understanding of the world allowed for scientific growth to flourish. Capitalism provided the basis of this growth through its establishment of trust; the ability to invest in future technology finally made new technology possible, and suddenly, industry was born. Political interest in early Europe was based off the myth that connected Catholics and divided them from the Protestants—religion. Proving the geocentric model to prove creationism, European leaders imprisoned bright forward thinkers like Galileo to further their cause. Those who fund scientific progress may also sway the information toward their inherent bias. This can be dangerous, but when in the right hands, technological investments encourage a healthy balance in a capitalist environment.
Progress—not the growth, but the ideology—truly allowed for the implementation and success of a capitalist economy. Suddenly the struggles of everyday society were not unsolvable difficulties, but obstacles necessitating some newfound knowledge not yet discovered. This newfound hope, and comfort in the unknown, encouraged progress in early societies. The realization that undiscovered land lied across the globe pushed discoverers to sail thousands of miles, and the concept of outer space and other planets drove industry to the sky and beyond. Thus, hope in the future, implemented monetarily through credit, and trust in the scientists developing new technology—both provided the necessary basis for capitalism to thrive.