We all know that the Polywell prototype is going to cost roughly 200 million dollars to build.
How much is 200 million?
Not a lot. Not a lot at all. We’ll run some numbers– an average Mcdonald’s lunch costs about, oh say 5 dollars, or 10 dollars for two people.
About 30 million people at at Mcdonalds every day. At five dollars per meal on average, that’s 150 million dollars. Per day. Two days worth of McDonald’s food sales could pay for and more than pay for the Polywell prototype.
Americans spend billions per year on make up, food, movies, just about anything you can name, and do so even as the need for something like the polywell becomes more important every day. And yet the polywell can be funded–without any hardship on the part of American, for the cost of a few fast food meals.
What makes this worse is that today, beyond almost any other time period in history, we have more tools to get to the people directly. Wiki, goodle, the internet– the days of only being able to communicate via expensive TV ads are over.
So let us assume a kickstarter style program manages to reach 10 million americans. Of them, one million provide 100 dollars each, over the course of the year.
You’ve just hit the half way mark– in one year.
In fact, the publicity almost writes itself: For the cost of two gallons of gas, you can free us from high energy prices– forever.
The problems of government funding or corporate funding have been spoken of for years. Maybe the time has come to find another source– to go directly to the people. You might be surprised at what happens.