Earth Trek: The Economics of the Future


“You know, we live in this monetized society where even like a generation ago there were a lot of functions that we didn’t use money for. For example, childcare. Neighbors would watch each other’s kids. Food preparation, most meals were prepared and eaten at home. These have been converted into services. Anytime something gets converted into goods and services, the GDP grows, the economy grows. Which is necessary in the money system we have today, based on interest. Money being lent into existence, subject to interest, so more money has to be paid back. The amount of money keeps growing. The amount of goods and services that are exchanged for money is also under the pressure to grow. We’ve converted all of these relationships and human functions into services. Then converted more and more of nature into goods. I think that the crisis today, stems from the fact that there’s almost nothing left to convert into the realm of goods and services. How long can this last?

George Carlin: We’ve polluted it, with this stuff, things, material goods, games, gizmos, toys, gadgets, having possessions. He’s got a bigger truck, did you see his truck? It’s bigger than mine! I’m getting a new truck. Here’s a big truck, oh, I’m getting that one. You got a video in it? DVD too? Here I’ve got a DVD too, uhg, please. All that shit is nothing.

MLK Jr. :

We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent. Until the good societies realize, I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions. That will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.

Jean-Luc Picard:

Economics in the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn’t exist in the 24th century.

Speaker 6: No money?

Jean-Luc Picard: The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.

Speaker 2:

I tell the story of a more beautiful world in all its dimensions. It’s the story of the connected self. Living in co-creative partnership with Mother Earth.

Speaker 6: I envy you. The world you’re going to.

Jean-Luc Picard: I envy you. Taking these first steps into a new frontier.

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