Utiopia, Limited

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Greetings from my dive bar on the Google campus, where dozens of people are loudly watching a football game while I sit here – – the only one with a laptop – – nerding away. Yes, I like being different.

This is as much a comment cleaner as anything else, but I wanted to share a few words about something that’s been popping up in my social media feeds a lot lately – – The Venus Project, which is promoting what it calls “The Resource Economy”, as follows:

In a Resource Based Economy all goods and services are available to all people without the need for means of exchange such as money, credits, barter or any other means. For this to be achieved all resources must be declared as the common heritage of all Earth’s inhabitants. Equipped with the latest scientific and technological marvels mankind could reach extremely high productivity levels and create abundance of resources.

My instant reaction to this was anger and puzzlement. I was thinking, “hasn’t humanity tried and failed with this crap already?” This is a Utopian promise, even though the web site goes up and down declaring it is NOT Utopian (methinks the lady doth protest too much).

I’m all for outsized visionary thinking (for one thing, I’d like to see a lot fewer humans on the planet), but after the disaster of the Marxist/Leninist experiment, I thought we were all kind of past this. Oh, well. It’s probably not the stupidest thing that’s ever been floated in the Twitterverse. Still, I find it irksome.