Our freedom and way of life is not afforded to us by the mere fact that we live next to you. If that were the case, explain Mexico.
You win today.
When a building gets built, or a dam, or a pipeline, there's engineers, architects, brick layers, welders, and all sorts of other people involved.
Are we still in the 40s? There are some software tools used to build buildings these days...
Following this to its logical conclusion, this means that one day the moon could be entirely controlled by corporations, but not governments. I can't decide if this is a good thing or not...
Bad thing if things go haywire and you are in Venusville.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.