Posted by: spacewritinguy | March 20, 2008

Conservatives in Space – Epilogue and Summary

Epilogue  Why We Fight

I began space advocacy writing on September 11, 2001. I was as angry and scared as any of my fellow citizens that day, but I did not want my nation to get consumed by war to the detriment of space travel, which I held as a paramount concern. In the years since then, my experiences as a space advocate and voting citizen have given me little hope that government can provide the primary solutions for developing space, except where it can refrain from action. The best thing NASA can do is lend a hand so that private citizens can do the job.

A free society exploring, developing, and living in space is as necessary to the War on Terror as military might. It is not enough to fight our enemies, though fight them we must. We must offer up a vision of the future worth fighting for: a future that expands the domain of human life and demonstrates what free people can do.

Appendix A: A Summary of the Argument

  1. If we create a space economy, we will improve our lives here on Earth.
  2. NASA cannot grow a sustainable space economy because its mission is to perform government, not private activities in space.
  3. Conservatives have an opportunity to demonstrate the value of limited government by opening space to private development and settlement.
  4. Government needs to support policies that foster capitalism and lay the groundwork for private development in space.
  5. There are many destinations in our solar system for human beings to attempt settlement; each of them has its advantages and challenges, but all of them can and should be tried.
  6. Private demand for space will create a diverse economy capable of developing the transportation, defense, and energy technologies needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  7. Policies used to grow the space economy can be applied to issues on Earth.
  8. Space provides a new environment for human beings to enjoy themselves, develop artistic creations, find new ways to relate to their God, and improve themselves and their civilization.
  9. We must offer up a vision of the future worth fighting for--a future that expands the domain of human life and demonstrates what free people can do.
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