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Re: Space questions...

At 5:26 PM 7/24/96, Zenon Kulpa wrote:
>> From kgstar@most.fw.hac.com Wed Jul 24 17:20:14 1996
>> At 7:24 PM 7/23/96, Kevin 'Tex' Houston wrote:
>> >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...
>> >>
>> >> -- Zenon
>> >
>> >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
>> >--
>> >Kevin "Tex" Houston 	http://umn.edu/~hous0042/index.html
>> [...]
>> One other possible factor of course, is the third world is economically
>> threatened by space development.  Their economies are based on selling raw
>> materials to the developed world.  Space is loaded with ultra high grade
>> fuel and ore.  How would the Saudis react if we started a project to
>> recover oil from near earth comet cores?  How would others if they heard we
>> were going to recover iron, gold, copper, nickel, etc.. fron near earth
>> bodies?  We would on the one hand end the possibility of resource shortages
>> for human history.  But also destroy the economies of those who profit most
>> from selling the limited resorces.
>For me it sounds as more convincing reason (plus socialism, of course...).
>-- Zenon

Socialism saying everyone should be rewarded equally regardless of effort
or investment.  Greed saying, I don't want to lose out and I want some of
whatever you get.



Kelly Starks                       Internet: kgstar@most.fw.hac.com
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Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
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