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July 20, 2009

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Sucks, truly.


"And what would you sell to the people back on Earth to get the money to pay off the other people back on Earth who put up the cash to build that tube you're living in?"

Ideas and information, patents and inventions, art and music, computer program debugging...all the sort of stuff that doesn't require bulk physical transport. Of course, you don't need to go to the Moon to produce this, and there are no advantages to doing it on the Moon, either.

There's no financial incentive, and really the only reason I find is that a universe filled with lively human civilizations is better than one of dead rocks. Of course, I do feel the more human beings, the better.

if we settle the Moon, it will be because people much richer and much more technologically advanced have similar sentiments, or for some whacky new version of manifest destiny, or religious reasons, or because an Omicronion starship shows up and they're very condescending about how we haven't even settled our Moon yet. Not because there's money in it.

In other words, not in our lifetimes. (But by then we should be able to make some pretty comfortable burrows.)

I have a feeling that Heinlein just may have had the right idea when he figured that the most plausible future settlement on the Moon would be a penal colony.

Likewise, he probably had the right idea when he figured that the prerequisite for this would be a global conglomerate of near-totalitarian governments. After all, no other political system would actually be willing to invest on a lunar GULAG and uphold it.

I guess we'll have to see what kind of régimes will emerge from this Grand Recession of ours.


Cheers,

J. J.

"I have a feeling that Heinlein just may have had the right idea when he figured that the most plausible future settlement on the Moon would be a penal colony."

A shame farming lunar soil is more likely to give one asbestos than amber waves of grain.

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