For the human Right to Space Travel!

by Adriano Autino


Dear Coplanetaries, 

2006 on the way of its end in a climate of persisting uncertainty, but with some flashes of serene. I don't mean so much about politics, as for the possibility that a minimum clarity can finally find its road, in the great ruling confusion, around the alternatives of survival of the human civilisation. 

On the political layer, the defeat of the neo-con strategy at the American mid-term elections comforts us, at least from one point of view. The world greatest democracy seemed stunned by the shamelessness of the electoral plots (we remember the invalidation of thousand of black electors' votes, documented by so many independent journalists, in the presidential elections of 2004), by the arrogance of the unpunished scandals, and by the criminal greed of the ones who transformed what it could be a liberation military intervention in a looting and extermination war. Well, that same democracy was able to shake itself and to remove the country from the claws of a gang of power more and more integrist, authoritarian and gangsterous. That the winning political part will knew now how to administer such patrimony it is something to see, as other cases show, on this part of the Atlantic Ocean. 


a constitutional clause draft

by A. Autino and P. Q. Collins

Following the evolutionary and technological success of humankind to date, we recognise that the planet of our birth, our beloved Earth, is becoming unable to shelter and provide maximum scope to all the humans living on it. Consequently the limits of our planet are coming to represent a serious obstacle to universal enjoyment of the fundamental right to freedom, which the Constitution recognises as the supreme good and the first inalienable right of every human being. The finite scale of the geographical, material and energetic resources of our planet increasingly set inescapable limits to the possibilities of social and economic progress of individuals and of communities. This situation would cause progressive reduction of fundamental human freedoms if human civilisation was to remain confined to our native planet, including the freedom to procreate, to achieve to the best of our the abilities, to better the living conditions of our children and to seek happiness through honest hard work in a context of increasing civilisation, democracy, comfort and mutual respect. Thus we propose to insert in the Constitution the following clause:

“The Constitution recognises the inalienable right of every inhabitant of Earth to travel from Earth to Space, to the Moon and to any celestial body, as well as to return to his or her own country or other countries on the Earth, while preserving all of their rights as a terrestrial citizen. 

The Constitution promotes the development of all the conditions necessary to make such a right effective."


But for once democracy gave a good proof of itself and this situation, until it will last, purifies somewhat the air and helps us to reason, and to point out some fundamental facts. At least the ones who criticize the Bush's and neo-con' policy cannot anymore be accused of anti-americanism, seen that the majority of Americans soundly demonstrated their critics by their votes!

On the social-economic layer, a very authoritative warning has come from the British economist Nicholas Stern, ex-executive of the World Bank, that foresees a decrease of the 20% of the world economic product due to the climatic changes for the worst scenery. A cost calculated around the 5,5 trilions of Euros, if the problem won't be faced in decisive way within the next ten years. It is perhaps the first time that economy  pronounced in such clear way on the environmental and resources problems. And such position makes the pair with the declarations recently released by the great mathematician Stephen Hawking in occasion of a congress in Hong Kong. For the human kind and for its survival -- Hawking said -- it is important to displace itself in Space. The destiny of humanity will depend on its ability to colonize new worlds, compatible, at least partly, with our demands. Our planet is not a sure place anymore where to proliferate for human species, and in general for life itself: various threats, from that atomic bomb, to the climatic changes, they allow to suppose that, in not so long time, planet Earth won't be anymore habitable for humans. 

We read on the media, these days, that one only planet is not enough for our development. And the sharp dicotomy between the insuppressible demand of economic development and the danger that the development indeed represents for the environment and for the availability of resources of our mother planet, should jump more and more by now in evident way, to whoever doesn't want to hold his own old ideological novecentist blinkers. Such blinkers will cost more and more, and unfortunately not only to the wearers, considering that often the wearers indeed are in decisional positions.

Frankly I also find quite a lot strange that evidence is not evident yet, if not to a small patrol of astro-humanists: if a planet is not enough, and if we don't accept to reduce the humanity, it is time to think seriously to some other celestial body. Is it not simple? Evidently not. Where is the problem then? Many people, evidently, find absolutely acceptable the reduction of the human kind, provided that obviously themselves and their descent are not in the number to reduce. I invite all of you, reading this notes, to reflect on the extreme social dangerousness of such thought. The results go from the national strategies, in which the militarist orientation is more and more important, rather than the opposite, to the ethical involution of the enterprise, to the organized crime, rampant in the post-industrial metropolises. Everybody progressively feel themselves more precarious, on the face of the planet, and therefore they set up their mind to fight for gaining the right to survival. The tracing thread, from the macro to the micro, is the philosophy of the homicide or, in the best of cases, the carelessness toward the homicide. But, if the trend is more and more toward the diffused social violence at all the levels, many of the today indifferent people could be inactive only because they didn't yet wake up. When the majority of people will understand to be in danger, it could be too late for any alternative.

Can thus the reason prevail? Yes, if it will know how to detect the alternative road, logic and evident, to relaunch the development, at ever previously experimented levels, and at the same time to relieve the human encumbrance on the planet: the Road of  Space.

The fact that today economists and great philosophers come up to specify the criticism of the situation, let’s me well hope, despite everything: while the integrist ecologists – which have been singing this song for decades – were never able to propose anything but the suicides of our kind, to save the planet, economists and philosophers of different ideological setup will be well able to see the true alternatives. And the Hawking’s message is the proof of it!

On our behalf, in this month of November 2006, we run a great initiative, at planetary level: a Draft Constitutional Clause for the Right to the Space Flight. The proposal, that we invite you to sign, was prepared by your sincerely, Adriano Autino, upon solicitation of Patrick Collins. Collins also specifies, in a brief note, as our proposal is not in contrast with any legislation cuurently in force.

In the number 2/2006 of TDF you can find a series of articles, all targeted to try to make things clear on the philosophical-political knot of the so-called space option:


Luisa Spairani - "The grand tour of Gaetano A. Crocco continues.” - 50 years ago General Crocco wrote pages of unbelievable actuality, around the easyness offered by space for the space travel, developing, in advance of 40 years, the concept of the cosmic highways.


Alberto Cavallo - "Space is the answer to the crisis of the resources." - The space as resource of development, in alternative to the militarist strategies and to the industrial decline.


Adriano Autino - "For a politics of support to Space Economy." - What an intelligent government could do to help the birth of the space economy; it contains some points of a pro-space government program.


Kim Peart - "Creating a Solar Civilization." – a real congressional paper, analysing the expansion into space and the creation of a solar civilization, as the forced evolutionary steps, for our kind, at this point of its own development, and not in a far future.


Adriano Autino & Patrick Collins - "Right to the Space, a draft constitutional clause."


Patrick Collins - "Some precedentis for a Constitutional Right to Space Travel"


Giulio Gelibter - "The new man was born, and is fractal" - interview with Benoit Mandelbrot

Closing these brief notes, I repeat the invitation to sign and to make sign our constitutional proposal: we have to collect thousands of signatures, and then to present the proposal, first of all for the insertion in the European Constitution.

But all the coplanetaries are inivited to make themselves carriers of this proposal near the respective national governments: let’s make that they hear us, and that the 7 billion humans populating this planet (the true addresses of our proposal) hear us!

Aim high!
Adriano Autino

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