Billionaire ‘Space Race’ Renews 1960s Debate Over Spending Inequality And Space Travel

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is soon heading to space, sparking renewed debate over the billionaire “space race” and whether the ultra-wealthy should be spending their money on rockets when the world is in a state of turmoil. MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains how the debate harkens back to a similar period in the 1960s, when many – including poet Gil Scott-Heron — questioned whether the government should be spending so much on space when there were many other problems on earth. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ).

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    1. @Elmosweed We’d have to fund it…his supporters are all broke from paying off his campaigns and future legal bills…👌

    2. @Secretary of Education Is there a single democrat that can tell us why their party was formed in 1829?

  1. The obscenity is not that he’s going, the true sin here is that he and the rest of the crew of the USS Entitlement are coming back.

  2. “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”
    Carl Sagan

    1. @Scientific Methodologist what a sad name for someone of such ignorance to hold. You are aware the parties have shifted ideology over the years are you not? As evidence I submit the conservatives obsession with calling themselves the party of Lincoln while waving the confederate flag.

      If it’s not clear. I’m pointing out the stupidity of your question as the dems of that era are nothing like the ones of today. Just as the conservatives went from the party of the the union. To the party of the confederacy.

    2. @Ally M yes @darena12, run away because I’ve just beaten you and now @Ally M as well. You are both no match for my superior, conservative intelligence. Bye now 🤚🏻

  3. “10 minutes in Space? That’s the longest Amazon employee bathroom break ever” – Bill Maher.

  4. Ah, Billionaires. While the country that enriched them collapses! Such lovelies. We must protect them and make sure they don’t pay taxes.

  5. Pay? I’ll pass. UFOs offer longer, faster, quieter, FREE rides with a complimentary butt probing.

  6. Perhaps the money grubbers could spend a bit on the underfed and homeless on earth to give themselves a moral boost instead of a rocket boost.

  7. Stop comparing NASA‘s work to sending a billionaire to space. You’re killing science.

  8. the technology developed is priceless. We huemans need to be mining asteroids and stuff and this is how it starts

  9. My taxes to pay for grown men to prove each has bigger “rockets” than the other? F that! They could be challenging each other, see who can build better bridges, build fast transit systems, repair railroads, replace unsafe schools…instead of seeing who can pee the farthest. They could spend the $$ they gyp us out of, by not paying THEIR fair share of taxes.

  10. We need to do both, space travel and equality. How can a species travel the heavens but be incapable of equality?

  11. This is way bigger than a billionaire’s ego. This is about control of the high ground, access to extensive resources and it all being out of the hands of state actors. Wonder about why we’re suddenly hearing about spending disparities when a trillion dollars is spent on the military every year? I think the fact that the state can see itself suddenly without a monopoly on space will be a factor.

  12. ummm, so nobody’s gonna mention to bozos that both might be able to get done…

    if only his ilk would pay their friggin taxes!!

  13. Capitalism is thought of as the best system – “come to the land of the freedom and opportunities, start from zero and, if you’re capable, become rich and famous, make millions, sky is the limit (well, not anymore, apparently).” So when someone does exactly that, why are you complaining of rich and famous? Personally, I don’t have a problem with Bezos being worth 200 billion and going into space, I have a problem with the society and its laws that allow and encourage this inequality. It’s a system problem, not the person problem.

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