This is absurd language policing. There is no "The racism inherent in Space Exploration" None. Its imaginary.
Dont call a Colony a Colony is insane: when there is no Colonialism/ Imperialism. and therte is None when there land isnt being stolen we arent invading other countries or denying the existence of other races/ cultures. and there are no Extra Terrestrials.
This is insane. Settlement and Colony mean the same thing. Settlers/ colonizers mean the same thing.
Hi @Adam Black Language Policing remains the most important tool in getting rid of our fascist, racist heritage. OK, reparations would be even better, but we could repay all debts and still be screwing ourselves over, if we don't get rid of colonialist metaphors.
So what if a word could have once had a non-racist meaning? It doesn't now, nor should we just whitewash that fact, erasing history.
It's not a colony. It's a habitation. It's a science station, hopefully.
Forget about Musks fascistoid, racist fantasies. We're not going to be living on Mars, except for science.
I agree the word colony is appropriate from a scientific perspective if not used in forming governments. The problem is far deeper than language in that there are no laws restricting expansion by anyone or any government agency or any private entity aside from Earth (and what we have on Earth is often fluid and unenforced).
I disagree with the word settlement because of the history of the US. The right wing fascists that call colonists settlers rather than immigrants are ignoring the genocide committed against Native Americans. That word also cannot be used in the manner it is now to infer rightful ownership.
Now we just need a name for that thing [some people] do when they pretend, and possibly even believe, that they are arguing from a rational point of view when it's obvious to anyone else that they are just upset.
OK, so most people who care about being "rational" are insufferable dudebros with the critical acumen of a wet baguette. Consequently, "rational" is headed for a semantic graveyard labeled "Terms mainly used by toxic douches, now bereft of meaning".
But that would have connotational side effects that I would like to try to avoid.