Scarcity and hierarchy, four scenarios

Peter Frase offers an excellent scenarios quartet based on two major drivers, resources and social organization.  Specifically, Frase builds up two poles: resources, from extreme scarcity to sheer abundance; political structures, from an egalitarian social world to a hierarchical one.


Egalitarianism and abundance: communism
Hierarchy and abundance: rentism
Egalitarianism and scarcity: socialism
Hierarchy and scarcity: exterminism

Read through each one.  Frase does a fine job of teasing out implications, then connecting with all kinds of ideas and current forces.  Copyright law, Leonid Kantorovich, Star Trek, solar power, Karl Marx, and Luis von Ahn.

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