Category Archives: space colonization

Henry George: Progress and Poverty

It has been quite some time since I read Henry George’s master piece. However, this post provides a good core of HG’s theory.

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Henry George was an American political economist and journalist. His most famous work, Progress and Poverty (1879), sold millions of copies worldwide, probably more than any other American book before that time.

The book is a treatise on the questions of why poverty accompanies economic and technological progress and why economies exhibit a tendency toward cyclical boom and bust.

I want to stress that this was one of the most important books ever written. Only the Bible sold more copies than George!

I want to share my favorite parts. See if you notice how similar the problems of past are to the problems to today.

Introductory – The Problem

At the beginning of this marvelous era it was natural to expect, and it was expected, that labor-saving inventions would lighten the toil and improve the condition of the laborer; that the enormous increase in the power of producing wealth would…

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Rocketry breakthrough?

The main challenge to make space colonization a reality is a relatively inexpensive method of launching objects into orbit. Even after six decades of spaceflight we still rely upon chemical rockets as the principal way to get off this planet.

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Garden cities

Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.

Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.

We will discuss the topic of garden cities in more detail in a future posts, in relation to, of course, space habitats (O’Neill cylinders in particular), permaculture and land ownership.

Permaculture and Space Settlements

We are great fans of permaculture, as it perfectly fits into to the second of the Four Goals as formulated by O’Neil:

There should be found an optimal living climate for the entire world population

But what is permaculture? In the video below the principles of permaculture are explained.

One type of permaculture is the food forest and this is explained in the video below:

Food forest are nice way to realize to vision O’Neill had for the design of the interior of the O’Neill cylinder: villages separated by forests. And additionally it combines goal #2 with #1, to eradication of hunger and poverty.

Public bicycle system

As distances within a space habitat will be rather small, only a couple of kilometers in most designs , bicycles will be an excellent mode of transportation for space settlers. Promoting cycling will also have environmental and public health benefits. Continue reading Public bicycle system

Recycled water

In orbital space settlements water recycling is essential. So it is quite worrisome when we read the following article on ScienceDaily:

Get over it? When it comes to recycled water, consumers won’t

To cite from this article (my emphasis):

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it’s perfectly safe and tastes as good — or better — than their drinking water. They may even agree it’s an answer to the critical water imbalance in California. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to use recycled water — and it sure doesn’t mean they’ll drink it.

The problem is that educated people are disgusted to use a perfectly safe product that is necessary for staying alive. Perhaps people should not think too much about the origin of their tap water – if education is apparently not sufficient in this case.