Comment on Will’s B page re wired article.
We are not short of Sand. There is plenty of sand for everyone.
The issues are the means of valuation, distribution and processing.
Markets, and capitalism generally, are inherently based on scarcity.
Capitalism actually doesn’t like it when people have enough, because that gives those individuals real choice of not engaging in the labour market, and raises the cost of labour.
It is the systems that we all explicitly or implicitly accept that give us these results.
We can choose other systems, and it takes something to be willing to question the more basic of assumptions underlying our cultural framework. It is uncomfortable. Not many are prepared to go there.
As a culture we are more interested in social agreement than we are in the reality of the systemic incentives within which we exist.
We all have choice.
We can all make little differences with our choices.
We can look closely and say – money is a great tool for distributing scarce resources, but it is about the worst tool one can imagine if one is trying to create universal abundance and security. Money demands scarcity – just consider oxygen in the air – arguably the single most important commodity for each of us, yet it has zero market value, because it is universally abundant. The market value of universal abundance is zero – must always be so. Markets cannot be incentivised to deliver universal abundance.
To get universal abundance (which is technically relatively easy) requires that we make a choice to go beyond market values (beyond money). And that move is not easy in a culture that is, for the most part, implicitly and explicitly founded on money.
So we have work to do, and it is doable.