Would libertarian government/organization work in space?
Serious question here, even though it seems like a joke..
My wife found a funny shirt online that says “liberals for gay space socialism” with a picture of a space shuttle and rainbows. She was pointing out that it would piss off her conservative religious family, but it got me thinking…
Either on a space station society or Mars base would socialism actually be the way to go? For this scenario it would be pre-terra-form Mars.
I believe in libertarian philosophy in the context of a country on earth, but does it break down when you get off the earth?
In space resources are required to be rationed, and there is no freedom to leave. In the first generation, everybody agrees and consents to the socialism scheme, but after a new generation is born is it no longer ethical? Required sterilization?
I’m not sure how there could real freedom off the earth. In the future these will be real questions, not just hypothetical. The space station already sorta has this problem, though it is more of an employment contract, so not quite the same. But if somebody on the space station stops abiding by work or food rules I’m sure they’d get kicked off. Probably never happens, because they train and are committed to the job/lifestyle.
Final thought: if we could terra form mars (that’s a big if), then it could be ultimate libertarian experiment. Starting a new planned society without the baggage of hundreds of years of history.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society