The Newt Frontier


Will the Moon be our 51st state?  Call it visionary, call it grandiose, this is one of Newt Gingrich's blueprints for  the future. When his lunar position came up during Republican debate XIX, it was disdainfully dismissed  by Mitt Romney as a foolish pipedream. But Gingrich would not back down from his lofty dream.  He also denied it was political flimflam  to win votes from the Florida Space coast. It would not depend on NASA. It would be led by private enterprise--- like the joint-stock companies of 17th-century England.  By a consortium of individuals and businesses. What Gingrich envisions is a Kennedy- era redux---with  minimal government involvement--- that would stimulate  the juices of entrepreneurs  and inventors alike. Our nation would reap a new wave of life-changing technology.

According to Newt, 21st-century Americans would be neo-Pilgrims braving a harsh  forbidding environment in search of new opportunities and possibilities  for success. As the lunar settlements grew, they would establish a territory and eventually apply for statehood.

This reminds me of what Daniel Burnham said  about planning Chicago's development. "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."  Statehood for the Moon may be just a sideshow for this election year.  A grandiose chimera. But at least on the Moon a housing bubble may not only be something you have to live with, but something you can actually live in.


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  • I know what Newt was going for, of course, but I'd rather government get out of the space game and let the private sector to take it over.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    You just might be right.

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