The billionaire space race between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson doesn't benefit humanity, asserts Jacob Silverman of The New Republic. These men, who grow their wealth by profiting off of low-wage workers and reported tax avoidance, are acting in pure self-interest. Their space ventures are PR exercises to help their companies land valuable contracts in the lucrative future of commercial space flight. Money that should be used to fix our crises in housing, climate change and inequality is being used to boost the egos and wealth of the world's very richest men. They pursue space exploration goals far removed from the much more pressing issues here on Earth.
The contest between Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk to explore space is a good thing, holds Matthew Lynn of The Spectator. The last time real innovation in space came was in the 60s, when the USSR and America raced to put a man on the Moon first. It takes real competition to breed real innovation. This new development offers exciting possibilities that could take humanity's space capabilities to the next level. Like the European explorers discovering the New World, for space exploration to be realistic it needs to be commercially viable. Musk, Branson and Bezos are making this a possibility. Their space race could herald huge breakthroughs for human space exploration.