Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, and Inequality

By D. Miller — https://www.flickr.com/photos/fun_flying/3820887625/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15230297

Yes, it is a good thing that space exploration is back on. However, a lot of the story is not about science or engineering. It is about inequality. We are living in a Gilded Age, where there are a few winners. These people want all kinds of toys and to make more money, of course. None of these people is doing this to just advance science. There is wealth to be mined out there. The asteroid belt alone was…