Mr. T.M. shared this story, and I have to admit, when I saw his header in my email inbox - "NASA and scientist want to 3d Print Dwellings on the Moon" or something to that effect - I wasn't too enthused about the article. "So what?" I thought, "just another article about the wonders of 3d printing and how we can use it to speed up the human colonization of other planets." Granted, you and I both know that 3d printing will revolutionize the manufacturing and assembly process, not only on Earth, but in space and potentially on other planets as well.
Imagine, for a moment, a printer able to take surface materials found on a planet, and literally mine, process, and use those materials to construct dwellings and other structures without having to haul the materials from the surface of the Earth. That, at least, is the current thinking about the possibilities and applications of the new additive manufacturing technologies. We're a long way off, of course, but closer than we were half a decade ago. Houses are already being built on earth using the process, and tools have been constructed on the International Space station using the process.
So with all this in mind, lest I miss why Mr. T.M. had sent me this article, I read it, lest I miss some new detail or revelation.
And then it hit me, in the very last paragraph:
Here's that last paragraph:
"How can we ever end such conflict of territorial problems between nations? When can we get rid of countries, the notion of nations, and have one world for the whole of humanity under one government?" Khoshnevis said. "That's why I'm so dedicated to the vision of space. I know it won't happen in my lifetime, it's just the right thing to do for the future of humanity."
This was not, and is not, I suspect, merely a bit of the usual glassy-eyed utopian "hope" that gets expressed in certain quarters. As I put it a few weeks ago in an interview with former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Catherine Austin Fitts, and as I also put it in a recent blog, it appears that Mr. Global has either changed the "plan" or is investing more into one of its "alternative backup" strategies, which I think is more likely. What's that strategy?
In the wake of the BREXIT vote, and a growing worldwide revolt against "internationalism, unipolarism" and "globalism", as more and more people from every area increasingly perceive it as a threat to their indigenous culture, and their individual sovereignty and freedom, I hypothesized that we might be looking at the end of the "bottom up" attempt to impose global government on Earth, via increased "trade" agreements, the emplacement of regulatory bureaucracies on whole regions, the adjudication of disputes not by law but by regulatory bodies, the creation of artificial "unions" based solely upon geography rather than on real appreciation of the cultures one is attempting to "unify" (think only of the EU and its refugee crisis in this respect, or, in the more recent example of this goofy dystopian vision, the beginning attempts to create an "African Union" out of the whole continent, in spite of deep tribal, religious, and economic divisions).
Because of the increasing oppositions to these projects and the manifest failure of the globalists and multinationals to run the world in a peaceful and beneficial fashion for everyone and not just themselves, I offered Ms. Fitts and her listeners, and regular readers here, the hypothesis that the Globalists (or at least one faction of them) would shift the focus to space, in a "top down" approach, and export their project of global government and unification to space. And professor Khoshnevis has given it perfect expression: we will be able to create the institutions and cultural approaches needed, if we allow truly international, "multi-cultural" colonies to exist in space, and transplant the model here. It is for precisely this reason that I suspect space commercialization has been pushed so quickly in the past decade, and that everyone is lining up to take advantage of it, for everyone wants a seat at the table that will create those institutions.
The project might work... for a time.
But inevitably we will see the same problem manifest itself: increasing centralization, a central government on Earth becoming bloated and indifferent to the colonies it pretends to rule and govern, and a revolt of the sectional factional interests. Why am I so sure of this?
SImple: human nature, for Mr. Global has no plans to abandon his power; he's merely in the process of shifting his power base from North America, into space.
See you on the flip side...