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November 21st, 2012, 21:07
Originally Posted by dteowner View Post
This simply isn't going to work unless you've got some authoritarian black-n-white bastards running the show. Where's the line between basic need and luxury? Computer? Ask some punk in the middle of an African ethnic cleansing what he thinks about that. Steak dinners? What brand of car? Size of house? Style of clothes? Some of those are the basic fundamentals (food, clothing shelter) and you'll still never get agreement. And that's if we strictly look at division of resources. Let's add some culture to your mix. Gonna serve pork products if that's what you've got? Gonna dress in bikinis or burkas, given the different resource requirement for each? What if one of your citizens is a master gunsmith? What's an appropriate work week?
You have a computer running the show. This is not a world for people into divisive cultures. We're talking basic needs - not luxuries. Steak dinners would mean killing animals - and that won't work. Cars aren't needed and won't exist. Size of house is based on family size and will be modular. Clothing beyond keeping out cold and maintaining modesty will be a luxury - but most likely a luxury easily satisfied for everyone. Again, pork won't do - we don't kill animals.

There is no work week - as there is no work as we understand it. If there is a work week, it's one you set for yourself in accordance with what you want to work with - and you can request resources based on a combined request and voting system. People can collaborate in this way as well. Technology will be maintained by a minimal work force that will be based on voluntary service first, and rotation second.

C'mon, you'll never get your society to agree to that line on anything, let alone everything, unless you limit it to about 3 people with similar cultures and backgrounds. So, the only way to establish the line is to have someone "on high" arbitrarily set it. That principle runs completely contrary to the intent of your vision. Thus, you've got a real pickle right at your foundation.
The society is based on people who already agree on the conditions set forth, that's the point. The people we're talking about are people who understand the concept of a utilitarian society. We're not talking 3 people. We're talking thousands of people. These are the people who would begin. The concept is that, through demonstration, the rest of the world would follow over hundreds or thousands of years.
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