Who will get all the money from the exploration of space? I’m absolutely certain that its going to be us as consumers, simply because were the group that always benefits from invention and innovation. How the rest of it gets sliced up is really going to depend upon the property institutions that evolve, given that the UN’s hippy dippy belonging to all isn’t going to work. Either property rights will be enforced that Dutch way, simply by force, or there will be a developing mutual agreement as to what customary law should be.
And I’ll close with one prediction: once there are enough people up there to be self-sustaining they’re going to tell the rest of us to bugger off. Oh, theyll still trade, but governments and possibly even the capitalists will be told where to stick it. As the Americans did us Brits.