The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier, Part 3 of 4

The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier, Part 3 of 4

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The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier

Part 3 0f 4

The Foundation Credo – Our View of the Frontier Part 3 of 4

Copyright 1995, Rick N. Tumlinson

President of Space Frontier Foundation

This message is the thirteenth in a series of Space Frontier Foundation essays designed to inform the Internet public about the incredible possibilities awaiting us in space.

The Foundation’s Credo explains who we are, our guiding principles, and our overarching goals. It stands as a set of rules by which we can judge our actions, and by its tone indicates our commitment to achieve results. This is the third of four messages which will examine and explain what it means to us, and how this effects our world view and actions.

Clause 3 states:

” Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.”

* Why the free enterprise system?

Contrary to many space supporters (we call them cheerleaders), we believe we really are spending too much money on space. Too much taxpayer money. In fact, we should be making money from space. But government activities are not meant to be profitable, and space has been mainly a government activity – until now.

Taxpayer funds flow through a wasteful system — into a questionable space programs — which, like any institution, has one primary goal — its own preservation. Almost all of our “space eggs” are in a few fragile government programs, often characterized by waste, fraud, and abuse.

The budgets and bureaucracies involved in these projects are enormous, given their actual capabilities and returns. As in most government owned and operated programs, there is no need to be profitable or competitive with other systems, so why try to bring costs down? In fact, other, far more efficient means of traveling to, or living in space have often killed by government managers who must sit in front of lawmakers and explain why they need such large budgets, staffs and facilities.

Should taxpayers ever grow tired of this state of affairs, they could end even these programs, destroying any budding, yet still dependent industries, and dispersing those who carry the existing knowledge of space to the winds. (Would you have been able to use the machine on which you read this if there had been only one very large and expensive international computer….and what if it were shut down due to budget pressures?)

Our goal is to end this dependence on the fickle winds of politics and create an unstoppable human breakout from the Earth.

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