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Comment author: The_Jaded_One 03 December 2016 02:37:34PM 3 points [-]

Colonizing Antarctica and making a whole slew of new countries is actually a good idea IMO, but it doesn't have enough appeal. The value to humanity of creating new countries that can innovate on institutions is large.

You can think of Mars colonization as a more difficult version of Antarctic colonization which is actually going to be attempted because it sounds cooler.

Comment author: entirelyuseless 03 December 2016 03:57:23PM 1 point [-]

"which is actually going to be attempted"

I'm not convinced yet. Yes that is why people are talking about it instead of talking about attempting to colonize Antarctica, or the bottom of the ocean, or whatever. But they currently aren't attempting to colonize any of those places, including Mars, and we have yet to see them attempt any of them, including Mars.

Comment author: The_Jaded_One 04 December 2016 09:21:36AM *  0 points [-]

Well, I suppose it depends where you draw the line.

SpaceX has built real physical components for its Interplanetary Transport System, which is specifically designed for missions to Mars. That's more than just talk.

But I suppose there was seasteading... though that actually did fully close down.