Gerry Canavan

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Given the Material Abundance Made Possible by the Replicator, How Would It Be Possible to Maintain a System Based on Money, Profit, and Class Power?

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Thus it seems that the main problem confronting the society of anti-Star Trek is the problem of effective demand: that is, how to ensure that people are able to earn enough money to be able to pay the licensing fees on which private profit depends. Of course, this isn’t so different from the problem that confronted industrial capitalism, but it becomes more severe as human labor is increasingly squeezed out of the system, and human beings become superfluous as elements of production, even as they remain necessary as consumers.

Peter Frase considers an anti-Star Trek. Via Yglesias.

Written by gerrycanavan

July 15, 2011 at 10:41 am

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  2. Humans may not be involved in production as much, but someone has to design things, and obviously to repair them.. They have now started producing non-repairable products, and now we need a very large recycling bin, but who will do the recycling ? Maybe just drop it off on mars, or mercury, where it will simply disintegrate with the heat. We need to expand the discard areas, but not on this planet.. not enough space..

    Mary Dicerni

    July 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

  3. […] acknowledged .  Commenters on the piece have included Matt Yglesias, Metafilter, Marginal Utility, Gerry Canavan, Against Monopoly, On the Media, in addition to dozens of underwear clad basement bloggers (though […]

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