- Oct 6, 2009
It's right in the OP:The idiot utopian left in this thread is changing the rules, so instead of trying to determine whether a socialist economy where everyone's needs are met can be more productive than a capitalist one, we're now saying that everyone gets everything they could ever imagine with no limits, and therefore capitalism is bad.
Yes, this forum is full of left wing idiots.
Hypothetical situation. Everyone has their basic needs taken care of, we'll say by robots & replicators. A home, basic energy needs, food, a computer with internet access, cellular phone plus service. No free car, but mass transit is free and livable near where you live.
You could then do whatever you want with your time. Research new technologies, design luxury items which anyone can reproduce using replicators, write, program software. However, whatever you do you can't sell it. You can't profit, there is no greed motivation. The only thing you may receive is recognition and maybe a personal feeling that you are contributing.
Would progress cease immediately and forever? Would everyone just live off of the free replicated things and never contribute? Or would we actually be better off than we are now? Without motives of greed, items will be designed to be efficient and long lasting instead of disposable, since massive sales numbers isn't a motivation.
What do you think?