Themes in Lunatics – #9 “Libertarian Visions of Space versus the Statist Reality of the Space Program”

Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics… Here’s number nine:


Theme #9

Libertarian Visions of Space versus the Statist Reality of the Space Program

Most
of the serious space fans I know are in one form or another
“libertarians”. They may not be actual members of the Libertarian Party,
but they certainly do put a high value on individuality and personal
freedom. This is not surprising — after all, they want to go live on
another planet. It makes some sense that this might arise from some
chafing against Earthly authority.

Yet, when it comes to real
space missions, we are pretty much at the mercy of state-run
institutions. Some space enthusiasts rationalize this as a matter of
convenience, others argue that it is just as it should be. But whichever
you believe, it’s pretty clear that these two visions are going to come
into conflict at some point.