Achieving Post-Scarcity

One step closer to the future

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Throughout our own history, society tries to achieve some measure of post-scarcity where possible. Potlatch, bread and circuses, public education and socialized healthcare are fundamental examples. Occasionally these are for less than noble ends. Potlatch is about becoming a big-man in society. Bread and circuses is a Huxlian means of distracting the population. Public education creates a skilled, interchangeable and docile workforce. Regardless of intent, these are all net positives and people do not have to worry about meeting basic needs of survival. Today we are closer to true post-scarcity than we have been at any point in history. We seem to be slowly moving towards that goal, but there are plenty of forces pushing the other direction.

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