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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A must read space article in The New Yorker

I am in the JFK airport in New York City with Mary Beth waiting for our flight to London.  It's been a long day already - up at 5:00 am and then a drive to Portland, bus to Boston, flight to JFK and a six hour layover before flying to London.  We'll be ready for sleep once we get to England for sure.

Last night I got an email from a writer from Australia who had interviewed me last fall. She was working on an article about space for The New Yorker magazine.  In her email she gave me the link to her article that is in this week's edition of the popular publication and told me she's writing another piece that will be published later in the year which will likely carry some of our interview.

I read the current article and it is an excellent piece of writing.  It's entitled: Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space - Musk and his fellow- “astropreneurs” have tapped into our idealism about space travel. But to what end? 

The author is Ceridwen Dovey and you can find it here

The piece talks about the new rich space honchos who are pushing the privatization and colonization of space.  This has been an area of interest of mine for many years. I've written and spoken about it often, and it will be the subject of my talk at our annual Global Network conference in Oxford on June 22-24.  After I make the speech I'll be sure to post it here on the blog.

I was thrilled to read Dovey's article because few writers are interested in the subject or dare to go there - likely fearing they will offend the powerful fat cats pushing space privatization.  So you really must read this article in The New Yorker and watch for her next one.

Bruce

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