An artist’s rendition of a future space colony.
Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are in a space race, but their endeavours reflect a colonial mentality. This comes at the expense of finding solutions for our current environmental challenges.
Both Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson successfully rode to space on rockets made by their private companies Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, respectively.
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According to a new poll, people across political and demographic lines think the private space race is good for the future but still just an ego trip for the billionaires involved.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, right, watches a video playback of his flight with his new space tourism company from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas.
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Teaching kids better budgeting won’t fix post-pandemic inequalities. A more robust social safety net, less hoarding and squandering of wealth and more equitable tax policies might.
Sure, they’re billionaires, but the exploits of Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have undeniably brought space tourism a step closer. That raises tricky legal, ethical and environmental questions.
Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America.
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In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned a spoken word song called ‘Whitey on the Moon’ that criticized the 1969 Moon landing. A hip-hop scholar explains why the song still reverberates today.
Now is not the time for rocket men to abandon spaceship Earth.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson launches Virgin Galactic.
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Here’s what a space tourism industry led by Bezos, Branson and Musk might mean for the planet.
Virgin Galactic takes off.
Sir Richard Branson’s successful spaceflight marks the beginning of a new chapter for space tourism.
Virgin Galactic’s Unity VSS spacecraft went on a suborbital test flight in May 2021.
Both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are sending spacecrafts – and their billionaire founders – into suborbital flight. But what differentiates a suborbital flight from a trip around Earth?
It wasn’t long after Jeff Bezos announced his plans to go to space that Sir Richard Branson joined in, setting a launch date to beat Bezos by nine days.
Should America’s billionaires be paying more tax?
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Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.
Jeff Bezos paid no taxes in some years despite gaining billions in wealth.
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A new report found that America’s top billionaires paid very little income tax despite tremendous gains in their wealth.
A woman sweeps outside her shack in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. South Africa is among the most unequal societies in the world.
Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson on the International Space Station with a view many more are likely to see soon.
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The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are offering trips to the stars for those who can pay.
Space tourism has been slow to get off the ground.
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The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies are on the cusp of offering trips off Earth for those who can pay.
Employees at Amazon knew they were under constant surveillance and that the company had a history of sacking those who were pro-union.
Cliffs in ancient ice on Mars.
Space mining might be closer than you think. But legal issues about the ownership of space resources must be urgently addressed to avoid space wars over natural resources.
Yachts, such as Roman Abramovich’s “Eclipse,” make up the biggest share of emissions for billionaires who own one.
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Billionaires have carbon footprints hundreds of times higher than the average American. Two scholars tried to put a number on it.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down. His successor’s AI experience may hold clues for the retail giant’s future.
Jeff Bezos reshaped retail as CEO of Amazon.
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Jeff Bezos announced he’s stepping down as CEO, almost 27 years after he founded the company as an online bookstore.