suggest you do one or both of the following:
- Do something useful for PERMANENT
- Buy the book for US$28.50, and/or
Those people from countries with weak currencies or weak earning power (e.g.,
Russia, India, Thailand), for whom US$28.50 is a large sum of money can get the
book free of charge if they perform a sufficiently useful service. Notably, we
also utilize "offshore design" where we can, e.g., solicit skills & minds
for mining, and strive for multinational space development (not an
arrogance-of-power or -money USA monopoly as some have contended). However, you
must give before you take - no "passive-aggressive"
manipulation-by-the-have-nots, the other extreme.
PERMANENT has received no government funding, hasn't solicited any, nor does
it plan to. Government won't make it happen, now that there aren't significant
enemies in space. (We just want governments and their entrenched privileged
interests to stay out of the way. Scientific payloads from govt. money are quite
welcome, but not with political strings attached.) This is entirely private
sector, as it can and should be now that we have all the technology we really
need, thanks to taxpayer gov't funding in general to date. The next step of
large scale space development can and should be supported by money from
investors, services and products for consumers. Science and one nation's defense
won't get us much further, nor should NASA/gov't sell services and products.
Also think about international security, and benefits to Earth's
environment. If you have questions, see our government & private sector § 7,
as well as our section on Earth benefits.
Some of us have lived like contemporary monks to focus time and energy on
laying the groundwork for this initial stage. Otherwise you wouldn't have this
here. It's never stagnated like many other websites, and never will, but
realistically, the rate of its development will depend on
additional support -- monetary and/or inputs of time & effort.
As one owner of an investment firm was quoted in the press, they would never
invest in a business whose principals said they'd quit their fulltime jobs if we
put in money -- they're not real entrepreneurs. You don't get paid to lead, you
get paid to follow (except by shareholders/investors). Leaders take broader
risks. All new long-term technological and business frontiers are considered
fringe; if they were widely accepted in the mainstream then they wouldn't be
ground-level opportunities with enough leverageable value.
Do the right thing. Support free enterprize development of space resources
and colonization, support PERMANENT, and/or get involved substantively. "If you
aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem." Just make the
decision to lighten up your pioneer spirit, rise above your local environment,
and create a change for the betterment of all on Earth and a better life in the
next frontier. It's a decision you and we won't regret on our death beds. You
aren't young & energetic forever, nor do you live forever.
Our generation is a pivotal one in the geological history of life from planet
Earth. Either we will get off the planetary cradle into self-sufficient space
colonies, or nano-bio-technology will destroy all of us. It's a hard, inevitable
reality of technology and life, and there's no chance for 20/20 hindsight. We
need survivors in space. We must make bring this
The first space race was between the nuclear superpowers. The second space
race is between multinationals. But the most important space race over all time
is against technology to destroy mankind and life on Earth. You can't stop
things like this, but you can transcend them.
You DO have the power to make a better future for your children,
yourself, and life from Earth. Go on the historical record for this time as one
who was part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Let's save life from Earth by making astronomical profits in the next
business frontier, as colleagues and contractors to each other, sustainably and
independently from those who would slow us down.
All the best,
The PERMANENT team