Keep in mind when you are reading the paper below the time frame it was written in December of 1989 the old Soviet Union was undergoing the falling of its Iron Curtain with the uncertainties thereof and Bush Senior was in the White House. But beyond that there were movements afoot from those in organizations like the National Space Society visionaries looking to grab a hold of the physical economic system it terms of a from what to what ideology away from the military based system of procurement utilizing the same skill base as those in the military system. It is called successful technology transfer something we still need to apply across our whole system.
As a continuation of thought modes I have added here a Power Point Presentation of an old paper I wrote while attending Broome Community College at Binghamton New York in Professor Hogan's History class for December 1989 titled "Alternatives and Substitutes A Failure of Industrial Policy with Demographic Consequences towards Proper Industrial Alignment and Population". As you can see I used then a dot matrix printer with an IBMXT 256k with the Writing assistant Program I think it was 3.1. Those were the days. Now in that paper not only do you see Professor Hogan's comments written throughout the paper as corrections you can read and see for yourself that it was during this time period I began this journey toward whole system thought and where some of the history of this Planetary Development idea has its foundations.
Reciently I made this below statement to the National Space Society to help raise some awareness of the greater social issues blocking moves like space development or other such large scale ideas.
Blast from the past…
An attached paper written in 1989 which leads toward why our civilization may need a space based commercialized structure for our ultimate survival.
Recently I have harkening back to what I consider the hay day period with the Central New York Chapter of the NSS now deceased and what if any view points are still contiguous from that time until now and somehow an old paper I wrote while attending Broome Community College at Binghamton New York for Professor Hogan's history class comes to mind. Here in the mists of what I call the hay day period of the Central New York Chapter which ran from 1987 to 1994 where it then trailed off to its demise several years later for reasons explained else where on this Florida NSS yahoo group site I wrote a paper Titled "Alternatives and Substitutes a Failure of Industrial Policy with Demographic Consequences Toward Proper Industrial Alignment and Population". Here I laid out a general thought line as to why we as a world may need to have a unifying space based commercialized structure as I called it at the end of the paper.
I have scanned this paper and have attached it as a power point in the file section of this group site. This is the original paper so you will see Professor Hogan's corrections and comments throughout its text and no I am not here just touting an A+ but that was nice of Hogan to do that given some of the clerical mistakes though out the paper (oh, by the way, I still make some of the same clerical mistakes well at least I know some things never change). But if you pay attention to the content and are aware as well of the time period it was written in and then reflect on the issue as to whether anything has really changed over the years one might ask what is the real hold up with our species expansion into the frontier of space I mean the whole sale expansion in the millions this is the scale I am talking about the same vision espoused and fomented at the founding of the NSS. One has to ask is it a vision problem where by the whole of society for some reason just can't envision itself capable of collective actions on such a scale or is the answer still lurking about somewhere in the mist of that paper, who knows.
The one thing I do know is that we cannot run around touting our great prowess in space while at the same time officials are looking to lay off 5000 Kennedy Space Center Employees, with our Shuttle Program on the wane and no replacement at this time rolling out on the tarmac, with areas within the astronomical community questioning the future capabilities of our US Space System to support future long term research projects and much more one has to ask what is going on with our collective vision? Or is there a kind of societal malaise that has developed as a result or failure of following through with our dreams or visions of a real and thus codified future. Is our society empowered or are we not? You see my fellow NSS'ers if we as a Nation were indeed serious about an effort to colonize or industrialize the moon than doesn't it stand to order that instead of laying off 5000 workers at the KSC we would in turn be adding on 50,000 more workers at the KSC readying our capabilities to advance ourselves out into that new frontier with a budget that truly reflects a National commitment such as 80 or maybe 120 billion dollars per year over the next twenty years at least for just the initial set up on the Lunar surface.
If we the United States are serious about joining China, Japan and Germany on the Lunar surface this is what we as a Nation need to do to achieve that goal and there is no short cut in the process people that's just how it is. And if you think I am in error here you just go back and look at what it took to complete and run the Apollo Projects. There from President Kennedy's speech forward it took some 500,000 people overall working almost ten years to achieve the Apollo landings then with the cost of living much cheaper than it is now with each Saturn Five fully loaded and launch ready at two billion dollars a copy with all of its ancillary support and development expenses would now equal today's cost of living in the range plus or minus of 100 billion dollars a year and likely a whole lot more in total real cost for setting up a Lunar Station in some twenty years or so. It will take a lot of work and financial backing to get it done that's all, a real national commitment.
So enjoy the blast from the past paper of mine and at the end in the Work Sited Section you will see a few familiar names Al Halstead my co-partner with the Central New York Chapter and of course the late Isaac Asimov who at that time ran a visionary video and spoke on behalf of the NSS in a public relations capacity. You may not agree with the paper but it does make some real points and adds to a background of thought as to why we may not be at this time living and working on our very own Moon and elsewhere in space.
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