09 April 2007

A Loony Idea

From his office in Nevada, entrepreneur Dennis Hope has spawned a multi-million-dollar property business selling plots of lunar real estate at $20 (£10) an acre.


These are "truly unowned lands", he says. "We're doing exactly what our forefathers did when they came to the New World from the European continent."

"Truly unowned" as in "truly, a commons owned collectively by the native American tribes that were living there for thousands of years"?

Sheesh, when will they learn?


Corey Goldberg said...

lol.. the same concept kills me about Columbus day in the US, where we celebrate Columbus "discovering" America.

... and of course "discover" means to violently take land from the people that had lived there for thousands of years.

Rob Weir said...

Sounds like something that should have been prevented by Article 11 of the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies treaty.

"Neither the surface nor the subsurface of the Moon, nor any part thereof or natural resources in place, shall become property of any State, international, intergovernmental or non-governmental organization, national organization or non-governmental entity or of any natural person"

However I don't believe the US signed on to that treaty...