Skip to comments.This Time, Not for Prestige: The Space Race in the 21st Century
Posted on 01/08/2018 1:57:33 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose
Today, operations in space are more routine and the competition between states is more diffuse. While generally still important in international politics, prestige plays only a small role in the current international dynamic. To be clear: There is still competition between the U.S. and rising powers. However, unlike the Cold War, which was a battle of opposing political philosophies, here we see competition primarily over economic and strategic opportunity.
Another significant difference between the Cold War space race and the current one is that the playing field isnt level as it was during the Cold War. The U.S. today has far more experience, deeper pockets, greater capability, and a burgeoning commercial sector compared with near-peer competitors. That being said, if the U.S. doesnt use those advantages and press forward with a sense of purpose, the playing field will probably tilt back and the advantage will be lost. To capitalize on its existing advantages, the U.S. requires a leader who will focus efforts, drive innovation, and, most important, take risks.
As Kennedy did in 1962, this modern leader will have to understand the broader context of current international competition, what role space exploration plays, and how best to proceed.
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Until someone decides that the Space Race causes global warming. And as the name implies, it’s racist.
References to current times: "We need a leader who understands this and acts accordingly. "
I get the feeling the author has in mind a REAL leader, like Oprah.
You get a spaceship and you get a spaceship, and you and you.
The taxes and fees are your problem though.
Besides national defense, space tourism, and commercial satellites, no one is going to earn a profit in space for many decades, and probably centuries.
Oprah’s speech was so hollow and cliche-ridden. Did NOTHING to truly address Hollywood’s YEARS of complicity to sexual harassment culture. Please don’t underestimate Americans...nor American women - plenty of whom watch Oprah yet still turned out in droves for Trump.
She is a good actress though, in films. I’ll give her that. More than a talk show host for sure!
But the primary Democrat threat to Trump? NO.
What I felt in the room from last night was a bunch of people clinging to their control over culture that is slipping through their fingers.
If Libs use the “Hollywood” or “media personality” strategy, they will FAIL miserably.
In the meantime, hopefully the Trump Admin will succeed in upping the ante for our space program :)!
The West will also take 500 years to settle.
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