We Should Go to Mars

Mars (NASA/JPL/USGS)
Fears that water-consuming microbes from the Red Planet would desiccate Earth are absurd.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n a special issue, the last of 2019, the web magazine Quillette deals with the exploration and settlement of Mars. The issue includes contributions from Michael Shermer, Cathy Young, and Michael Solana, all of whom address the question of future governance on the Red Planet. The topic might seem to some to be far-fetched, but it nevertheless provides these able conservative and libertarian writers ample scope to speculate on the always relevant subject of what might be the best principles on which to organize a government anywhere.

So far so good. However, the issue also includes an article — “One Small

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