Elon Musk’s SpaceX Declares Mars To Be A “Free Planet” Not Subject To Any Earth Laws Or International Treaties

The Independent reports:

SpaceX will not recognise international law on Mars, according to the Terms of Service of its Starlink internet project. Elon Musk’s space company will instead reportedly adhere to a set of “self-governing principles” that will be defined at the time of Martian settlement.

Musk revealed plans to create a self-sustaining city on Mars last week, though no timeframe is yet to be put in place for its development.

Any future colony created by SpaceX would likely use constellations of Starlink satellites orbiting the planet to provide internet connection to people and machines on the surface.

Popular Mechanics reports:

SpaceX’s terms are, at the very least, ignoring the international laws of space set forth beginning nearly 60 years ago. Musk recently made news when he said “many” people will die on Mars, but no one imagined it would be in a lawless, PUBG-style low-gravity battle royale. Then again, Mars is named for the God of War.

This is purely wishful thinking, because the discussion of who can and will do what in outer space has been the subject of major treaties for the last six decades. The idea that you can just travel into space and turn it into Lord of the Flies reinforces grim stereotypes about the imperialist attitude of space “colonization.”