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September 27, 2008

Regarding that utopia the left keeps babbling about:
In that utopia they’re trying to build, people simply — exist. Mill about. Order free chocolate treats from food replicators whenever they want. They don’t really labor toward anything…not unless all of them are similarly engaged. - House of Eratosthenes

Posted by Vanderleun at September 27, 2008 12:44 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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OK - I'm a mom with a couple young kids - and an engineer by training, so I'm no vanderleun in writing ability or blog upkeep! But, I did blame liberal utopianism on Gene Rodenberry way back in 2005! If you're interested:


Posted by: Western at September 27, 2008 2:21 PM

WC, I am very interested, thanks for sharing. As they say, "I am intrigued and would like to subscribe to your newsletter." Glad you piped up.

And thanks again for the link, Gerard.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at September 28, 2008 10:40 AM

Speaking of this and Star Trek...

MAD Magazine did a satire of TNG long ago, where Captain Picard was told of millions dying throughout countless worlds. He asked, in utter surprise, "But we put an end to war and butchery! What are they dying of?" The answer he got? "Boredom".

Posted by: Richard Lund at September 28, 2008 8:05 PM

You linked me! You really really linked me!

Was that as embarassing as when Sally Field did it? Just to further my red-facedness, I'm a huge fan, Gerard. When you're out here tapping your thoughts out into the ether (ethernet/internet?), it is so encouraging to have someone notice. Especially someone I respect so much.

But, as when I first started reading Drudge and discovered he only updated twice daily, I find myself wanting more MORE American Digest. I'll try to be patient. Thanks again.

Western Chauvinist

Posted by: Western at September 29, 2008 10:13 AM

It's a semi-serious matter, that has been brought up a number of times - usually in connection with nanotech and/or the Singularity.

Nanotech has been called the "Genie Machine" and for good reason. But one problem remains. When you can get just about anything you want (within reason - nanotech still can't transmute elements, so no fair asking for twenty tons of gold) simply by asking - then what do you do all day, and why? Especially if you are one of the vast majority not capable of original thought.

The post-scarcity economy is an interesting problem. I somewhat doubt, however, that I will ever have to worry about it. I am just that little bit too old.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at September 29, 2008 2:47 PM

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