The human spaceflight efforts to a Martian landing inspired an increasing population of young polymaths stuck in the last remaining clutches of the Cold War generation’s rule. The space industry, with or without military funding, has profited from this employment market through accelerated development of engineering and systems management. Moore’s Law, up until the first successful seed A.I. was conceived, proved to have accounted for the increasing intelligence explosion of youth responsible for the 2nd Space Age”
It sells to talk about individual aspirations to join the first migrations. When mass migration programs started, the declared reasons in applications became polarized enough to include those fed up with life on Earth enough to sell their humble fortunes for a one way ticket. A pattern emerged.
Governments trade political access to surveillance technologies to suppress growing criticism from a younger middle class. Utilities and raw materials are controlled tightly by corporate royalties inflating profits in parallel with pricing. While lobbying has shifted in favor of the environmentalists, income inequality remained the final mountain in the way of quality life on Earth. To climb this mountain high enough to smell the roses, the quickest way is to let others do the climbing for you.
Oppressive outsourced industries and the corrupt ruling rich class dictate national policy and economies, tearing down houses of the lower class, enslaving the middle class, while steadily expanding the wealth gap. You either had to be a professional in two jobs or cheat your way up. Leaving Earth might not be such a bad idea after all.
More colonists equals more privacy from Terran TV. The Martian economy would still be dependant on umbilical supply missions from Earth delivering food, equipment, and more colonists, but it would be an immature enough economy for the first Martian communities to enjoy a bigger say on how they lived their lives.
Many would be bound to Terran employment contracts overseen by two-way ticket holders, but the native Martian spirit, however it might manifest itself, would thrive among those who escaped the economic realities of Earth. There is hope.