Here’s something I wrote 7 years ago……….
Thank you to all those who enquired about my mental health after my eulogy to space exploration. Well I wasn’t then – but I am now – depressed by your response. With a couple of honorable exceptions I can now report that anarchists are AGAINST space exploration. How fucking sad is that. I’m not talking Richard Branson/Steve Fossett trips in space for millionaires here – I’m talking exploration, curiousity, wonderment, optimism for the future here. Ursula Le Guin come back here at once.
GAGARIN! A PROLETARIAN IN SPACE!
I’m asked – ‘when did poor people go into space?’ Well YURI GAGARIN’S parents were firstly labourers on a collective farm then his father a carpenter and Gagarin himself was a metal worker in a foundry. Even NEIL ARMSTRONG’ s parents were humble office clerks who had to move repeatedly to stay in work. COLIN PILLINGER – the mutton chopped cheery orgainser of BEAGLE TWO- had a dad who was a gas fitter in Kingswood near Bristol.
On exploration – TENZING NORGAY was a Sherpa, Edmund Hilary a bee keeper who detested the rich, and arguably the first man to reach the North pole was MATTHEW HENSON – a black man, cabin boy, hat shop assistant and humble fucking clerk for the rest of his life.
When you’re an anarchist these days you buy ito a package of anti-scientific miserabilism – I bet you moon miseries also think VACCINATION is a cunning plot by the state to make us ill…………….bring back the good old days of the Pox eh?……..no ..don’t even fucking go there.