Stories like this about a golden, shiny object on Mars don’t just appear out of nowhere, and in such great quantity:
The main press organs are well-known to have connections to the military/CIA/Deep State/transnational corporations (i.e., they are tools of the Superclass Elite). So what is being promoted here? Seemingly, it is building enthusiasm for a new gold rush, this time to Mars.
The groundwork was laid a few years ago at least:
This helps the Elite in a number of ways. Just as in the past with the colonization of North America, Australia, etc., it will help them get rid of what they consider the dregs of society (prisoners, low-skilled workers, etc.) by shipping large numbers of them off-world, where they can slowly be wiped out by inhuman working conditions, something alluded to in the Schwarzenegger version of Total Recall (1990):
Quaid makes his way to Mars and goes to Venusville, primarily populated by people mutated as a result of poor radiation shielding.
Meanwhile, geopolitically, a new space race keeps the multipolar moment from arriving, allowing American unipolarism/imperialism to continue on:
“The two largest military powers are weakening and declining . . . militarily they are developing in the direction of multipolarization . . . if the Star Wars plan develops, multipolarization could develop toward bipolarization, and could again return to bipolarization. If secondary ranked countries want to carry out a Star Wars plan, it will be very difficult. The position of those countries will immediately decline.”
--Huan Xiang, 1984,
The public are being programmed in a big way to embrace the new space exploration era, as the multiplication of new Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. series/movies goes to show (Hollywood has lots of Deep State ties as well), even bringing back Patrick Stewart as Capt Picard:
This is being pushed in other countries as well:
In the end, however, it all circles back to advancing the interests of a small Elite at the expense of the bulk of the population:
MULDER: You know what I think? That's only half the story.
He wants to exterminate humanity.
What's your budding enterprise? The colonization of space.
We're closer than you think.
PRICE: Building Dyson spheres and magnificent habitable structures.
That's the plan.
A secret space program? I don't think so.
I think this is a power play.
You want me to kill him so you can implement your own plan.
You want to see blood in the streets.
The colonization of space? How do you plan to do that? Transport all humanity off-planet? Seven billion people? That's not possible.
Only a chosen few.
--The X-Files, ‘My Struggle III’,
It appears that the unsettled (and unsettling) pioneer spirit of America is about to get a huge uplift, and it will probably not be to the benefit of many.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!