Discussion on Utopias - Economic Distribution

A panel of thinkers responses to questions about their utopian society, in this case what the economic distribution would be like.

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How would work and goods be divided?

FULLER: Naturally, since cooperation and efficient technology will have replaced competition and low-yield production, there will be enough wealth and goods for all to have a high standard of living. Since automation will have eliminated a good many jobs, especially the unpleasant ones, work will no longer be a drudgery or a necessity. Everyone will spend most of his time doing what interests him, and in this way the interests of a few will supply the world's technology.

HALL: According to one's abilities and one's needs.

JOHNSTON: By straw and wishbone. Or: Just enough.

KITT: According to need not greed--reward those with greater incentive by allowing those persons who create work for others to pay less taxes. No one should have to pay more than 5% taxes. Food should be measured out so no one gets more than he needs. This would eliminate greed and fat people. Respected doctors would decide the proper amounts.

LENNON: Color of eyes.

SPOCK: Wages would be much more equal than now. People would select their own work.

WALLACE: All necessary goods and services--from basic foods and housing and clothes to medical help--would be state-owned or people-controlled. Private enterprise could exist only for luxuries and extras. Everyone would be educated or trained for some kind of occupation of his choice, and everyone would work a minimum amount of time. There would also be a minimum guaranteed wage for every living adult, and a maximum set on what anyone could earn and keep.

WALLECHINSKY: An office, factory, farm, or store would be run by a general assembly of all workers who would decide policy and elect managers and administrators, who would be recallable at any time. Each establishment would send delegates to industry-wide regional assemblies in order to coordinate production and distribution.

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