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Old 02-03-2011, 01:09 PM
Adriano Autino TDF
 
Default Keeping on thinking in two dimensions we will not solve the problem. Join the Space Renaissance!

SPACE RENAISSANCE INTERNATIONAL - NEWS NO. 2 2011



Dear Members of the Space Renaissance International, and all true
humanists,



These days we are witnessing the effects of globalization in
different countries with different histories and levels of
industrial development, that are now being merged into a single
world. Large and small companies are relocating to take advantage of
lower labor costs and as a result, workers may have to agree to
reductions of their rights, and to the worsening of working
conditions.



But simply throwing up barricades to protect local economic, social,
political and religious benefits has no meaning or value if it does
not take into account today's realities. This only triggers
desperate dynamics which have many examples in history.



The current situation compared to forty years ago, well within the
lifetime of many of us, is quite different.



The 1960's and '70's were historically situated at the height of a
period of strong economic growth that reached its greatest success
with the US team landing on the Moon on July 21, 1969. Workers
around the world claimed their share of this well-being because they
contributed to the growth of wealth and productivity. They worked
hard and were sustained by strong reasons of ethics and social
justice.



This is not to say that purely defensive tactics are unnecessary and
will inevitably cause dynamic involution, but neither does it
provide an ethical license for large scale relocation of production
facilities just to improve the "bottom line."



Neither can we agree with those who―recalling the quasi-religious
messages of the past―exhort us to be content to live with less,
reduce consumption, resign ourselves to fewer rights, save energy,
and so on. Some people were content for their whole life to carry
their families with survival-level salaries. Others, who with great
difficulty created their own companies, saw it swept away by the
current economic crisis and even lost their homes. Meanwhile, they
saw bankers, oilmen and corrupt politicians continue to wallow in
gold in spite of the ruin of millions of people.



The real problem is strategic. For example, Mr. Marchionne, CEO of
Fiat/Chrysler, is going to continue making cars, anywhere the labor
costs and financial incentives are greatest―for him and his company.
He is not to blame for this, and it is clear that the freedom of
movement guaranteed by private transport is to be preserved and even
further developed, even into integrated transportation systems.



The error of Mr. Marchionne, again using him as an example but not
the only one, and his friends in the petroleum industry, is to think
only in two dimensions―horizontally―on roads and rails crisscrossing
the surface of our planet or within the envelope of our atmosphere.




For some years the post-industrial world will retain an advantage in
the emerging world of aerospace technologies. This advantage will
rapidly disappear because the emerging powers of China and India
seem to understand the value and importance of space for the further
development of a world of seven billion people much better than our
current Western political and economic leaders.



This could change.



By investing in the design and production of sub-orbital and orbital
vehicles, and starting to think finally in three dimensions, the big
automakers could become advocates of the new industrial revolution.
Space tourism could develop a formidable momentum, and after it
industrial estates could develop in Earth orbit, at the Lagrange
points and the Moon, paving the way for large scale implementation
of space based solar power and exploitation of lunar and asteroidal
raw materials.



Such a new course of a globalized economy in the process of becoming
an exo-economy (that is, based off the Earth) could create millions
of new jobs and new industries. Western workers could keep and even
improve their rights to adequate wages, hours and working conditions
and maybe become an ―internationalist―example for workers in the
developing countries.



Here is a prospect of progress, and not defensive, from which all
parts of society will gain―a revolution worth fighting for!



If you think that it is worth working and fighting for,

- Join the Space Renaissance http://www.spacerenaissance.org/sri-register.htm


- Attend the first congress of the International Space Renaissance
to be held in June 2011 http://www.spacerenaissance.org/SRIC/SRIC-HOME.html


- Buy online the book "Three Theses for the Space Renaissance" http://www.lulu.com/commerce/index.php?fBuyContent=10003567


- Organize meetings for discussion of the above arguments for your
community: You can participate in the Congress to improve the Thesis
and be entitled to vote.

- Submit papers to the Congress, responding to our Call for Papers http://www.spacerenaissance.org/SRIC/SRIC-CallForPapers.html




Wherever there are at least five registered members, a local SRI
chapter may be created. This is an essential step of any movement:
give birth to regular meetings, for instance, once a month either in
person or on-line where people can be invited, so the group can
progressively grow.



Please reproduce this message, print it on paper, put it in your
living or working space, invite people to discuss our goals and
objectives and our congress.

This newsletter is also available in pdf format here:

http://www.spacerenaissance.org/NEWS/SRI_Newsletter_No_2_eng.pdf




Let's start working!



Aim High! Ad Astra!

Adriano V. Autino, SRI, President



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