Re: Republic of Mars

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Apr 14 2001 - 16:34:26 MDT

Adrian Tymes wrote:

> Is it just my perceptions, or are "efforts" like this actively harmful
> towards actually colonizing Mars? Despite their intent, they
> contribute nothing towards that end that has not already been
> contributed by more effective organizations, and they raise the spectre
> that, should someone actually manage to get people to and from Mars on
> a regular basis, these organizations might claim to have some standing
> to sue and otherwise interfere with successful operations ("we owned
> Mars first").

Useless, but not harmful. Treat it as a game. The real owners
of Mars will be the first ones to get there with some means of
persuading others to see things their way. The first Martians will
not concern themselves with lawsuits happening on a faraway
planet. This planet was settled by force, there is no reason to
believe that all the others will be settled by some other means,
regardless of the obvious benefits of doing by peaceful means.

Actually you raise a point that is universal, for if humans manage
to acheive uploading, someone will try to control that finite new
territory too. The first ones to get there have an enormous
advantage. spike

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