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Greetings all. The following analysis is based on 387 arguments, contributed by people around the globe and identified as high-quality arguments supporting the notion that a US-China space race is good for humanity.

Forty-one percent of these arguments suggest that rivalry between the east and the west boosts innovation and scientific advancement. The space race galvanized international support for scientific achievement and ushered in a new era of technological advancement. The US-China space race is good because it may provide the world with access to new technologies and more materials. Although space races encourage innovation and inspire many potential scientist and engineers, countries may be more likely to use the knowledge to benefit their own. A collaborative effort would be more beneficial for all. Space captures the imagination and therefore leads to innovative technologies, many of which we use today.

Five percent of the arguments mentioned that a good race is one that expands knowledge and broadens cooperation. A US-China space race would demonstrate how competition can drive international cooperation. A competition between the US-China will force them to constantly track each other and communicate, therefore what starts as a competition between governments can easily lead to a collaboration between individuals from both nations. A space race would be good if driven by scientific organizations with goals of exploration and discovery rather than by military gain. While military involvement is unavoidable, science-led efforts would yield greater collaboration. Yes, because sustaining life outside of the Earth offers a new chance to change social constructs and forms of cooperation.

Five percent of the arguments indicated that a space race helps drive technology, jobs and hope. A space race stimulates innovation. Analysis of labor markets indicates that innovation is positively related to labor's share of GDP over the longer term. It is well known that NASA is profitable; according to Barron's if it were a stock it would be a "huge player" in aerospace. Any "race" would spur innovation benefiting people on earth. Space exploration time and time again has proven useful for developing technologies that improve life on earth. A space race could be a catalyst for a technology boom that helps humanity in the 21st century. A space race could benefit the global economy as both countries vie for technological supremacy, lifting other sectors of the economy to meet that need. It is only good for humanity if the high-tech innovations and job opportunities are offered to a wide range of people to help provide higher paying, better jobs.

Five percent of the arguments proposed that anything that advances peaceful usage of space benefits all mankind. A space race would be a non-violent way to demonstrate technological prowess and superiority while avoiding an all-out physical war. Furthermore, it would contribute to the betterment of humanity's understanding of space. While space exploration is vital to the human race, and competition can be good, nations need to work together and pool knowledge and resources to create the best outcome for all of humanity. Good for humanity: channeling potential conflict into productive, modern competition; advancing space travel and interplanetary life, while maintaining physical peace on the ground. A new US-China space race would be good for humanity, so long as the US and China put in place guidelines that it is for non-military purposes and open-sourced.

Sixteen arguments alluded that the creation of a space race allows for the advancement of humanity. A space race can give humanity new goals and a positive vision for the future. Humanity can come back together with new common goals. A space race is definitely good for humanity no matter which country is in the lead — expanding our universe, resources and understanding can only help. It will help us advance humanity. Facing competition from China, the US will work better with its allies and help support their emerging space programs, ultimately moving humanity forward. Any space race is good. It is the only way governments are willing to commit the necessary resources; without exploration humanity will revert to a dark age of religion and ignorance.

To conclude, the above examples reflect the crowd's opinions that a US-China space race is good for humanity. Thank you for joining.

Con narrative

Greetings. The following analysis is based on 386 arguments submitted by people around the world, identified as high-quality arguments contesting the notion that a US-China space race is good for humanity.

Twelve percent of these arguments suggested that a US-China space race would have serious negative consequences. A US-China space race can potentially lead to global financial crisis because the investment in space technology will halt the growth in economy. Although a new space race may benefit the United States, increasing competition and division between rivals will not benefit humanity as a whole, but rather serve to continue to divide us. A US-China space race would have many negative consequences. The world's two most powerful economies and countries should work together to advance a common goal, not against each other.

Fifteen percent of the arguments mentioned that a US-China space race would be a waste of precious resources. Since the space race was a major contributing factor to the financial ruin of the USSR, a global space spending spree between the US and China would waste money that could be used more constructively. While China's budget is rapidly increasing, it still pales in comparison to what the US spends on space. The US doesn't face real competition, so more spending would be wasted. Space races are a waste of public resources. We have approached the point of diminishing returns from space exploration and should focus finite resources on terrestrial needs. Although there are many benefits to humanity by exploring space, races are wasteful of human and monetary resources when compared to collaboration. We need a better way to motivate the world than a race.

Eleven percent of the arguments indicated that a US-China space race will only further our tensions with China. A space race will only exacerbate political tensions and fuel mistrust among nations at a time when international unity is critical in tackling global scientific problems. While investment in space exploration and research would have many benefits for humanity, a space race would have many consequences - including increased tension and militarization between the world's largest economies.

Seven percent of the arguments proposed that a race is uncooperative and dangerous between superpowers. A space race would create a bipolar world and destroy any international progress toward peace in space. I am against this topic because this space race could damage international cohesion, cooperation, development and collaboration. This will lead to blocs similar to the Cold War era, which will thus lead to further divide. Space races typically lead not just to technological races, but also arms races, which makes our world more unstable and prone to larger casualties when strife breaks out.

Another recurring point, raised in seven percent of the arguments, is that space collonization may profit only the powerful institutions and worsen environmental degradation. A space race with China would have severe unintended consequences for humanity - specifically related to climate change. Each country would invest heavily in technology without regulation or concern for environmental impacts. The US-China space race is bad because it distracts us from focusing on prominent problems that are local to the Earth. The constant launching of missiles produces a large amount of harmful exhaust gases that contribute even more to climate change. While it would surely spur innovation, it would also distract us from more important races, such as the one to save our climate.

To conclude, the above examples summarize the crowd arguments opposing the notion that a US-China space race is good for humanity. Thank you for joining.

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