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Free Enterprise and “New Space”    September 8, 2012

Posted By: Paul D. Spudis — Commercial space,Lunar Resources,Space and Society,Space Politics,Space Transportation

Free Enterprise: Business governed by the laws of supply and demand, not restrained by government interference, regulation or subsidy – also called free market.

Rick Tumlinson of the Space Frontier Foundation published a “free-enterprise” critique of the Republican platform in regard to the American civil space program. Indeed, the text of the space plank is vague (no doubt intentionally, so as to give the candidate maximum flexibility to structure the space program to align with his vision and goals for the country). But what I found most interesting was the underlying premise and assumptions in Tumlinson’s article, a worldview that I find striking.

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