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‘Welcome to Mars’: space colonization, anticipatory authoritarianism, and the labour of hope

Professor Nicole Grove (UH Manoa), a founding member of Security in Context, considers how Mars colonization and its Earth-bound beta tests - with a focus on the UAE's Mars 2117 project - point to mutations in authoritarian forms of governance, where the future functions as a form of collateral for present day legitimacies that are leveraged upon an infrastructure to come.