Four futures, or questions of abundance

What does the future look like, if we can attain abundant resources for all?  Peter Frase builds four scenarios from this thought, using a classic 2×2 matrix setup:

resource abundance vs. scarcity and egalitarianism vs. hierarchy

The results suggest 20th-century politics, but go further than that: socialism, communism, rentism, and “exterminism”.  Consider, for example, the leading employment categories under IP-dominated rentism: “designers and artists…  marketers… an army of lawyers…  [and] ‘guard labor’”.

Note, too, the way Frase relies heavily on science fiction for inspiration throughout the article.

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  1. skjandrews

     /  April 25, 2012

    Frase is doing some great work at Jacobin and on his own blog. Definitely someone to keep an eye on.

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