January 17, 2012 • 4:49PM

by Dave Christie

For many people, 1984 brings images of George Orwell’s famous book: communication through shortened words with no vowels, perpetual war waged through the air, and thought control to dumb down the population. For John F. Kennedy, 1984 had a far different conception, created by a far different intention. 1984 was the year set by John F. Kennedy to have a representative of humanity step foot on the planet Mars. One can only imagine the world, were that mission to have occurred. Doubtless, our thoughts would be freer, war would be a thing of the past, and vowels would be in greater use.

For the moment, do not think of John F. Kennedy’s Mars mission as simply some sort of event, as simply a rocket being launched, and soon thereafter, the awesome feeling of the sight of a fellow human being bounding around on the red planet. Think instead of the form of organization of human society that that event would have required. Could the world have been on the verge of a thermonuclear showdown? Could there have been a police state? Could one out of seven people on this planet have been hungry? Of course not. The vision of John F. Kennedy was a vision shared by Franklin Roosevelt. Had Roosevelt lived for only a few more years, his vision of a world freed from the evil fascism of the British Colonial system, would have been achieved. The former colonial nations of the world would have enjoyed living standards on par with European nations and the United States.

That level of standard of living could only be possibly achieved through the types of technological improvements of science driver programs such as a Mars Mission. Kennedy understood the corresponding relationship of technological advancement to raising the standard of living, and so the Mars Mission of 1984 was vectored to achieving those rates of advancement, for that anticipated level of population of 4.7 billion people. Think now to today. We have recently crossed the 7 billion mark in terms of population. If a Mars Mission was part of the equation for securing decent living standards for humanity in 1984, what would we have to do now to prepare for the future? From that standpoint, a Mars Mission becomes an absolute necessity, and even “practical”.

But there is another side of a Mars Mission which is not so practical. There are those who agree with the tenets of a space program from the practical standpoint of seeing the necessity of spin off technologies and related scientific advancements, so called “applied research”. But the actual real intention of a space program should be for what human progress is always based on, “pure research”, that is, research for the sake of advancing human creativity per se.

Humanity is in dire need of a new renaissance. When Nicholas of Cusa had launched the European Renaissance, he recognized that the corruption of the European oligarchy would not allow for a form of statecraft based on creativity. For this reason, the great thinkers of the Renaissance began to look west towards the Americas to establish a Republic, a form of statecraft based on the development of the human mind to increase the general welfare for not only those living, but those yet to come. And so, following those great streams in the Ocean, such as the Gulf Stream that Benjamin Franklin studied, the likes of Christopher Columbus set sail to freedom, away from the oligarchical principle. We must now find similar streams to sail away from the oligarchical principle; except for now we must create our stream, a thermonuclear fusion stream, from the Moon to Mars. Those who adhere to the oligarchical principle, like Obama, who says he does not care for this “fancy fusion”, can stay back and mop the floors of the sanatorium, where we will leave him in peace. As for those who want a new world freed from the grip of the oligarchical principle, we will reorganize the global economy under higher orders of energy flux density, beginning with fusion, moving on to matter/ anti-matter reactions, and then beyond that. That endless progress is the nature of Alexander Hamilton’s credit system.

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