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Billionaire 'space race' renews 1960s debate over spending inequality and space travel

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is soon heading to space, sparking renewed debate over the billionaire “space race” and whether the ultra-wealthy should be spending their money on rockets when the world is in a state of turmoil. MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains how the debate harkens back to a similar period in the 1960s, when many – including poet Gil Scott-Heron -- questioned whether the government should be spending so much on space when there were many other problems on earth.