stubby wrote:we need to waste everything on a massive scale just to keep the system from grinding to a halt.
EDIT: I never really understood why we shouldn't just use our modern techniques to set up a system where we're all self-sufficent people living in our EarthShips with our domestic manufacturing technology (C&C mills, 3D printers, highly space-efficient farms) and maybe sharing whatever systems can't be made small enough to keep in our homes (kind of like Hackerspaces, but applied to stuff like water treatment plants and so forth). As long as we could find a way to keep feeding new resources into the system, pretty much everyone could live a pretty high quality of life without things like the modern concept of labor and careers- most of our work would be in maintaining our homes and other life-support systems, as well as creating and sharing new ideas for getting more out of our limited resources ( as well as scheming up ways to get new resources) What sort of things could we do to have people stubbsidize this way of life? Would such an economy actually economize our limited resources? Would it be any better than what we have now?