SPACE: ownership/homesteading

Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 21:42:44 -0500

At 04:26 PM 12/28/96 -0500, Michael Lorrey wrote:
>"You can bomb it from Air Force planes
>you can shoot at it from Navy battleships
>you can negotiate as much as you want with the state department,
>but until you plant a 17 year old kid with a gun and a flag on that damn
>hill, its not yours...."

Sounds nice and passionate.

- Should I keep a 17yo kid on that hill of mine at all times, or he can
occasionally come down ?
- Will a 16 year old do?
- What if there are more hills than people?
- Is an asteroid a hill too? The kid will feel so lonely there... Oxygen
problems, too.
Can I put a picture of that kid there instead?
- What if I find Good Stuff in the center of the Moon? Sun? Where do I put
the kid?
- what about non-human ownership? Will AIs have to use humans as homesteading

I may sympathize with a passionate illustration of the principle.
However, I would still need to see how this will work in general situations.
I liked the idea of the Universal Shares a lot more - though there seem
lots of
problems with it as well.

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