You claim that you don't care about people doing stuff like BASE jumping, mountain climbing up Mt. Everest, or doing other potentially life threatening things, yet you complain about people going into space on their own dime.... with or without voluntary sponsorships from others. Yet here you go and say precisely the opposite.
Don't manufacture a controversy that doesn't exist.
As for Mars One, I think those guys are full of it and don't know what they are doing, and legitimate engineers and even fans are trying to offer help yet it is being rejected in favor of fluff and pomp. That is why Mars One is going to fail, not because they are trying to attempt something foolish. I'll also agree that there will be scam artists and people with less than honorable intentions who are trying to milk those with a dream of someday working and living in space, some of whom have some serious money to offer as well.
It seems that we mostly agree.
Again, I am not asking you for anything explicitly other than to suggest if you want to help, work with me and others who want to go into space. If you think it is stupid, move along so you don't get in my way. And please, give me the permission and opportunity to do this kind of stuff instead of holding a gun to my head and telling me I can't go into space. It doesn't matter if you do it personally or have laws enacted and a government thug does that instead... it is the same thing in the end.
I'm not holding a gun to you head. Want to know why you aren't going into space? You don't have millions of dollars. The same applies as the reason why nobody is going to Mars - there are insufficient numbers of people interested in it, and the people who are interested in it aren't interested enough to spend the sums necessary. It's a hard truth, but there it is.
Just so you know, if I had the chance and money to spare too, I would go too. If offered the chance to go for free, I would absolutely do it. However, I wouldn't do it imagining I was fulfilling some great destiny, I would go knowing full well that it is just fulfilling a selfish desire.