I agree D1, it’s well past time. If we are ever to be a space faring race we must, simply must, dump the old way of super powers being the only presence in space with their own narrow agendas. To create stuff out there, you need business, you need industry, you need people, everyday people with hopes and aspirations just like how people migrated to other parts of the globe in years gone by, to make a new life, a new world of their own, free from ties to the old world. A new beginning basically for the human race that will hopefully have learned from the mistakes of the past.
Will it ever happen? Yes, I think it will. Will it happen in our lifetimes? Well, that remains to be seen. 😉