Commerce is the lifeblood of every nation, and of the world as a community of nations. Cut the supply of commerce and a nation will die; compromise the commerce, and it will atrophy. And to be sure, commerce and its continuing success in our globally competitive markets is predicated on the continuing evolution of technology and the essential competition for goods that are made faster, cheaper, and better. This has been true through thousands of years of recorded history, and it will remain true in the coming millennia as well as we transition from Earth-bound commerce to ventures that span the solar system.
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