Libra The 21st Century Libertarian Space Colony

Dreaming of planned libertarian communities seems to be all the rage. But perhaps the only place they can succeed is in outer space. Via Smithsonian Magazine, Matt Novak on the 1978 think-tank-produced movie Libra:

Produced and distributed by a free-market group based in San Diego called World Research, Inc., the 40-minute film is set in the year 2003 and gives viewers a look at two vastly different worlds. On Earth, a world government has formed and everything is micromanaged to death, killing private enterprise. But in space, there’s true hope for freedom. Viewers get an interesting peek into what daily life is like when a Libra resident shows off her Abacus computer,  which is a bit like Siri.

The film’s vision for 2003 isn’t very pleasant — at least for those left on Earth. The people of Libra seem happy, while those on Earth cope with the world government’s dystopian top-down management of resources.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    That dangerous top down government resource management, so much worse than that top down corporate resource management.

    • Haystack

      Hey, don’t complain about the Libra Oxygen Company’s monopoly while breathing its air!

      • Anarchy Pony

        Quaid, start the reactor!

  • liquidself

    heh, the shuttle flight scenes aren’t too bad, reminds me of Trumbull. I don’t know why libertarians are always picking self-contained areas like this or offshore oil rigs though, they seem like the worst place to establish a rule-less (minimally lawed?) society. A space colony is so demanding an environment, and so limited in resources, plus being a closed system, it s almost guarenteed to evolve into something else fast. Why not claim all Mars or something big? suit s em better.

  • liquidself

    heh, the shuttle flight scenes aren’t too bad, reminds me of Trumbull. I don’t know why libertarians are always picking self-contained areas like this or offshore oil rigs though, they seem like the worst place to establish a rule-less (minimally lawed?) society. A space colony is so demanding an environment, and so limited in resources, plus being a closed system, it s almost guarenteed to evolve into something else fast. Why not claim all Mars or something big? suit s em better.

    • Hadrian999

      yeah communal living arrangements of people with severe antipathy towards any kind collective effort seems like it would comedic and best and deadly at worst

    • Hadrian999

      yeah communal living arrangements of people with severe antipathy towards any kind collective effort seems like it would comedic and best and deadly at worst

  • Hadrian999

    soon as they invent plasmids I’m sooooo in

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