Interesting read, this. Once space mining really comes within reach (or preferably before that), we may want to give it a thought or two, however. Especially taking into account the Spanish experience of the 17th century, when the huge influx of (monetary) gold into their economy from South America resulted in a dramatic bout of inflation.
BOTD: "The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house." - Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000 She won't, won't she. After all, she's capable of performing classical concerts on stage!