1% Space Race

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Elon Musk’s Space Race Is Misguided

Last night I read a Tweet by Bernie Sanders, everyone’s favorite cranky grandfather. He’s not cranky in the sense “we walked uphill in the snow, both ways” cranky, but he’s “to have a well-functioning society for all, we all need to pay our fair share” cranky.

His tweet took aim at Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and made a remarkably salient point, why are we rushing to Mars when we can’t even feed our children?

Last night I read a Tweet by Bernie Sanders, everyone’s favorite cranky grandfather. He’s not cranky in the sense “we walked uphill in the snow, both ways” cranky, but he’s “to have a well-functioning society for all, we all need to pay our fair share” cranky.

Insect populations are collapsing — a huge ‘canary in the coal mine’ warning.

His tweet took aim at Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and made a remarkably salient point, why are we rushing to Mars when we can’t even feed our children?

Yes, having a Plan B out in space is a good idea in case a killer asteroid hits the Earth or some Pandemic kills everyone, but do we need to have Elon Musk leading the charge? Or someone like Jeff Bezos?

While I love all the commercial space innovation that’s going on right now, I think we’ve lost sight of the most important thing in our lives right now, our Earth and how we treat one another.

There is homelessness. We don’t have good healthcare for everyone. The divide between have and have-nots is growing wider every day. Our Earth is burning. Insect populations are collapsing — a huge ‘canary in the coal mine’ warning.

Mars is dead, Earth is not…yet.

Things are becoming unsustainable and those ‘resources’ that Elon is ‘accumulating’ leads me to believe he’d leave us, plebs, all behind when the Earth finally does burn and die.

We can not support a Space Race for the 1%, which is what will happen if Elon continues on his course and Jeff Bezos joins him. It will an escape pod for the ultra-rich — the 1% — while the most livable planet anywhere in the known universe dies.

My plea to Elon and Jeff is this if you want to do something of great value that humanity will honor you for eternity, pay your taxes and fix what’s wrong with this planet NOW.

Mars is dead, Earth is not…yet.

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