|Testing a prototype space-sex garment, the 2suit.|
At first blush, this makes a kind logical sense. For an agency like NASA, which constantly faces budget crises, this is the kind of attitude you want to see in your Astronauts. Space is not only the most dangerous environment that humans have ever lived in, it's the most expensive. If you're funding (with billions and billions of dollars) a space program, you have to have people that are willing to live in cramped conditions, with only the most basic of amenities, for extended periods. The amount of self-control needed to simply exist in space is beyond most people's imaginings. Faced with that, current thinking goes, what's a little doing without? And like I said before, micro-gravity is hardly an aphrodisiac...
|I'm watching you, Dave...|
That being said, some of the more odious (at least to me) forms of Conservative-ism will most assuredly not be present in space. For all of us that are the 99%, It is indeed true that currently all but 1% of us live off of only 1% of the GNP. As I've mentioned before, this will not be possible in space; there won't be enough disposable resources to support such economic disparity. In space, as I've also mentioned before, money is nothing but penalty mass; if you can't eat it or breathe it, it's useless. And the thing about air is, you can't limit its distribution. If there is enough air for a hundred people, the 101st doesn't just suffocate, everybody gets hypoxia. Food could be hoarded, but starving people in space are not going to sit still for it. As RAH pointed out, anyone "...who has missed seven meals is ready to commit murder".
Other aspects of a free-market economy will be missing as well. Health care will have to be free to all; what is a nasty cold goin' around on Earth is a pandemic in orbit. Education will have to available as well, as a lack of knowledge is potentially lethal in vacuum. Social Security won't just be an abstract concept either; it will be vitally necessary for all who live in space. That doesn't leave out the possibility of deportation...but that's another story.
I supposed I've rambled on enough about all this for now. Have a good weekend RocketFans!