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Re: Space questions...

> From hous0042@maroon.tc.umn.edu Wed Jul 24 14:29:53 1996
> Zenon Kulpa wrote:
> > 
> > > From hous0042@maroon.tc.umn.edu Tue Jul 23 17:16:30 1996
> > >
> > > So, the US goes to the moon, mines ore, and charges a fortune for it.
> > > This pays back the high developement cost, and since there is no
> > > competiton, they make back the startup cost.  after a few years, some
> > > smaller country decides they want  a piece of the pie.  So they send
> > > their own mining contingent to the moon, but find that the US can always
> > > undercharge for the ore, because the startup cost has been paid back.
> > > This is what I was talking about.
> > >
> > Ahh, but that is true for ANY investment in some new product/technology.
> > So, should every new investor share his profits with all would-be ones?
> > This is just pure socialism, if anything...
> No, No you mis-understand me. I meant to suggest that the smaller countries are
> using the socialism angle (which they know the US will never accept) to buy time 
> so that they can get their own space program up and running
Still I don't understand.
Why they want to use something (the "socialism angle") 
if they know US will not accept it? (I wonder, though - see the Sea Treaty...).
The only explanation for me is they "think socialist" from the start,
considering it so natural, that they do not imagine anybody may oppose it
(except, possibly, some bloody imperialist - but after some bombs planted
here and there...).
And, do you see any of them starting their own space programs up?

No, I see only the standard socialist attitude -
"give us half of your cow or else..."

-- Zenon