According to Harari, “Science needs . . . the mutual reinforcement of politics and economics” (pg 250). When he says this he is stating that the three: science, capitalism, and empire are all reliant on one another to make progress. A good example of this was the space race or rather the moon landing specifically. The race to the moon (or the space race) allowed world powers to use their industries and economies to express their power and dominance; however, this display of economic authority began the research of technologies to allow man to get to the moon. With the advanced technologies the United States was able to achieve the political status of “Super Power” when it sent people to the moon. I believe this to be a prime example of how scientific research was shaped by the fiscal and political interests of the United States during the Space Race.
I would very much agree with Harari in saying that progress plays a vital role in the linkage of science, capitalism, and empire. Without progress, Harari says that “human cultures . . . thought the world was stagnant” (pg 264). Harari then elaborates on how after humans admitted their ignorance and that once they began to solve one problem after another they realized that progress drove development (pg 264-266). Once they had their realization they were able to progress at an exponential rate. As previously stated the the progress of technology is accompanied by the progress in political and fiscal relations. With all that being said I completely agree with Harari’s assessment of progress pivotal role in the Scientific Revolutions Feedback Loop.