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Stephen Duncombe, associate professor at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, talks about his project to create a web-based, open source edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia.
The caller that said utopia should be everyone singing together was a plant by the dystopians to make the idea seem like a bunch of creepy weirdo hippies. This stereotype of utopia is a FALSE choice. Utopia is ECLECTIC and everybody doesn't do the same things. All architecture is different from one other. Everyone is rich including the environment. The flag of utopia should be a bicycle. EXERCISE, NOT POLLUTING, AND SAVING MONEY, efficient perfect design. Cars are dystopian in this respect. Permaculture is Utopian. The internet is Utopian. The quickest way to have a Utopia would be for the federal reserve invent a million dollars for every american citizen and deposit it into each persons bank account ( instead of depositing it in the banks bank account) and make inflation illegal.
Here's an idea that I believe would lead in the direction of Utopia; or at the very least would make the world a more equitable place. I propose that nobody be allowed to take home more than 10 million dollars a year. To be clear ---a person could earn as much as they like in a given year, but would only be able to KEEP, at most, 10 million dollars of that income. The rest goes back to social programs, education, etc. In 2007 there were roughly 18000 people in the US making over 10 million, and the total gross income of those high earners was....wait for it.......400 billion dollars!!!! Lest this comment turn into an essay, I will say only that I don't believe anyone could claim to be hard done by such a 'limitation' and that much capital would be freed up to benefit a far greater number of people.
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