spacegent asked: Alrighty, so a big topic lately has been people (usually libertarians or people of that sort) have been saying we should completely privatize NASA and let profit be the motive to 'supposedly' drive exploration. I for one find it hogwash, and feel that private involvement isn't terrible (SpaceX being my leading example), but NASA and the majority of it's duties should stay public for the sake of humanity, not a dollar. How do you feel?
OK. Well….short answer: the US government has failed it’s people.
belongs remains in the hands of the people & if that means that private companies have to step up to do the work that the government has failed to do, then so be it. And if it’s to exploit the commercial industry in order to fuel ingenuity & outreach into space, again, so be it. Everyone needs to realize the big picture: money is an illusion. It’s a primitive means of exchange. If you removed money & the entire monetary system from existence & built our society off of our current technological advancements, information, global connectivity, etc., we would see rapid evolutionary progress & immediate expansion into space, the solar system & beyond.
That’s not merely just an opinion. In the 1940’s during the Great Depression, people were suffering through starvation & mistreatment, all while factories & facilities just sat there. Money didn’t make the machines work or the facilities do what needed to be done - people did. And as we venture further into an age where machines/computers are more capable than humans (because machines & computers don’t need vacations/holidays, sick days or get “injured on the job”), technological unemployment is inevitable. What then? I’m not saying that it will happen across the board, but jobs will be lost.
No one wants to work in a factory, fast food or retail all of their lives. We need more engineers, scientists, biologists, etc. & our expansion into space is the “economic” exploiter of this. The more new fields become introduced into the world (example: astrobiology, planetary geologists), the stronger our educational pipeline leading to those jobs & others in related/expanding fields will have to be.
SO…it all starts with education & scientific literacy amongst the collective society, period.
Everyone needs to keep one important thing in mind….yes, NASA was originally put on the map due to war incentives, but….nothing has changed on that front. I run this blog because I’m a father & encourager of free/open education, scientific literacy, independent research & critical thinking. I admire what NASA stands for, but I’m a human being - I speak for the Earth, not for America. I said I admire NASA, but i don’t stand behind them 100% because this is still an agency that is funded by a warmongering government with a severe lack of scientific vision, fueled by greedy, money-hungry individuals whose collective goal it is to keep the train running by perpetuating war efforts. NASA goes to the moon. Great. NASA sends astronauts to the ISS. Super. NASA sends a rover to Mars. Fantastic.
NASA also is, if I can put it bluntly - the US government’s
bitch puppet. The only reason they get the funding to do these barely-funded missions is because of their technological know-how to assist the government, Pentagon, DOD & miscellaneous military subsets with placing spy satellites into space & further develop smart technology for war efforts. War efforts that are being used against the people of this world for counter-intelligence, unlawful & unwarranted wire-tapping, accessing & stealing others’ information, phone conversations, text messages, emails, consumer electronics & let’s not forget the drone war that’s being driven toward beefing up in-house/American & worldwide law enforcement - ultimately a very horrendous & terrifying means of perversion against citizens of this country, let alone the entire world. As we sit comfortably in our homes, others across the globe are being terrorized by the dark-side of NASA spin-offs.
NASA is aiding the military in their efforts to control, abusing the advancements our civilization has procured to dominate & terrorize the lives of others, while we, back in America, complain about how slow our wireless services are or that tumblr has crashed again.
It’s disgusting & it’s something I do not delve into on this blog because I don’t speak for NASA. I don’t label or brand myself as a NASA-advocate. I support the principle of a space program as a force & driver that is capable of educating others on our understandings of ourselves, this planet, the universe & most importantly, the common goals all of us uniquely share that stretch across the artificial borders we’ve created. If NASA evolves or develops an entity or subsidiary agency that takes on that globally cooperated effort, so be it. If ESA does the same, so be it. I’m not saying that I don’t recognize these same fallacies within other space agencies as well, I’m just using NASA as an example because apparently I was subject to a little discretion & judgement from a recent post which apparently ruffled some feathers. I simply have a broader perspective on this issue. Maybe because when I speak, I speak as a father who fears for the life of his son & countless children dying & being born in this world right now who know absolutely nothing of our history & are being told what to think, not how to think.
As I said, I identify myself as just another fortunate creature on this Earth who has a brain capable of rationalizing & reasoning wrong against right. Crossing into the grey area to make up for topics & realities that make people uncomfortable sacrifice one’s intelligence, forfeit the wonderful capabilities of the human brain & get others killed.
Ultimately I understand that we may never reach a global utopia, but with all we continue to understand about the brain & our capabilities as humans, that’s not to say that it’s not an unreachable goal. It may not be the utopia all of us individually may “envision” but we can create a far better, far reaching future for each generation by collectively coming together & bridging the gap between opinion/feelings & knowledge/understanding.