a reply to: stirling
On the one hand, I entirely empathise with your position. Ordinarily speaking, the closer the corporations get to any resource, ANY RESOURCE and a
monopoly upon it, the worse for all of us.
However, it has to be said that the governments of the power nations on this planet, have long held a monopoly on space travel, and they are
constantly coming under fire, sometimes from the membership or elements of the membership of this very website, for not being transparent about the
reasons for what they do, how they go about them, or where they get the technology to do them, or even IF they have done them!
So you have this strange situation where none of the organisations currently capable or intending to become capapable, of launching a space mission,
inspire the smallest crumb of trust amongst persons in the conspiracy community. You have the corporate bodies who cannot be trusted because they are
ruled by profit and loss, not science and wisdom, and you have the governments, who are beholden only to whatever happens to provide them with some
sort of power, and again have no particular interest in science, aside from that which affects the aforementioned metric by which they measure the
worth of things!
Neither paradigm is in any way ideal of course, and I think that we are incredibly fortunate to live in an era where that is obvious to all of us.
However, that does rather leave the elephant in the room as it were, that being, if we are not able to trust the governments of the world to represent
the people of the world in space, and we are unable to trust the corporations to go there without making a pig awful mess of the solar system before a
decent percentage of the population get to actually visit it, WHO then, can we turn to?
I think it is reasonable to suggest that someone, some group of someones more precisely, MUST be tasked to explore space, and learn the ways we might
travel in it with more ease and more broadly than we are capable of today. There must always be someone out there working on the future of our
species, and the effort to expand our species beyond the atmosphere within which it evolved, to distribute our species across as many worlds as
possible for the purpose of not having all our eggs in one basket!
The question remains, who should do this?