What happens when scarcity is scarce?

May 27th, 2008

I completely believe that one day science will produce a device like Star Trek’s Replicator that can assemble practically anything at a molecular level including food.

There would be no more scarcity, viagra buy hospital no more hunger, viagra and no more poor (an no rich either since any one will be able to have pretty much anything they want).

While I can imagine such a future, salve I can’t imagine how politicians would fit into it. It seems to me that most of what politicians do is redistribute wealth. When everyone is wealthy, what will scarce mongering politicians have to occupy their time with?

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  • 1. BobG  |  May 27th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    “When everyone is wealthy, what will scarce mongering politicians have to occupy their time with?”

    Coming up with new taxes and finding ways to make more stuff illegal.

  • 2. Dave Casper  |  May 27th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Actually, they’ll probably spend a good deal of time creating legislation for what can be safely and legally replicated. I envision some sort of V-chip for replicators. And when you consider what is used to make the objects generated by a replicator, I’m sure the FDA will have a lot to say about it.

  • 3. Ed JR.  |  May 28th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    They’ll spend their time figuring out how not to replicate themselves as they don’t want the competition.

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