Nobody can really identify the basis for political authorities doing things like this. Perhaps only out of their sheer callousness and nihilism, culturally shared by their small-minded constituents. Or perhaps it was the priorities of public spending. We compare the roughly $2 billion cost of the LRC to the $683 billion or so of present yearly military spending by the United States government; the former being the equivalent of around 0.3% of the latter. Deactivating less than a few American weapons of mass destruction would have easily financed the equivalent of of the LHC or SSC, and all long-term scientific discovery consequentially entailing immense benefit to humanity as a whole. It reminds us of Foucault's insistence of political engagement and actual opposition as being inherently necessary to assure human decency and facility of advancement. Or plainly as possible, the abandonment of such projects or advances are the result of nothing but sheer ignorance and pathology of these political powers, as well as in contradiction of the U.S. Constitution, which according to the intellectual ideals of those founding fathers such as Franklin and Jefferson promotion of "the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." Note the interchangeable respect for the practical sciences and creative arts, which brings me onto the origin of the term enemies of joy.
Chris Coltrane referred to the closure of a library by a Conservative Party council in this way:
They even unscrewed a 112 year old brass plaque commemorating the library's opening. This government is the enemy of love, knowledge and joy
— Chris Coltrane (@chris_coltrane) May 29, 2012
As torturer Agent O'Brien elaborates to Winston Smith in Orwell's dystopia, one of the primary motives of the enemies of love, knowledge and joy is the destruction of culture. Within this, an inherent drive of social engineering to cleanse and indoctrinate minds out of wonderment and individualistic cognition, whether developed in libraries or discovered at the LHC for the sake of knowledge and betterment, and into sheer servitude of bare existence.