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Old April 27 2013, 03:20 PM   #317
horatio83
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Re: Roddenberry's Worst Ideas

No. But you cannot put the blame entirely on academia. And talking about the IMF, they changed their opinion about austerity while all governments besides Japan still go down the path to hell.

To get back to Trek, I am a classical economist and I have no hard time imagining that growth plus consumption saturation will lead to something like the world of Trek. Non-pecuniary incentives matter. I never met a workaholic who worked so hard because he wanted to earn and consume much and everybody who is very rich doesn't use his money for consumption but for power.
Sure, this is rarely reflected in economic theory but then again it is hard to do in a methodological sense just like it is hard to model irrational behaviour systematically.
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