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The Question (ID Number 424)...

    I know its impossible to know exactly how our world would look after a New Tribal Revolution (nobody who lived before the Industrial Revolution could have predicted our current state), but how do you think goods and services will be made available after this revolution? There is almost no doubt that people will still want to have things that they are now accustomed to (e.g., televisions, computers, books, recorded music, chairs, restaurants, etc.). Who would produce these things and how would it be decided who gets them in an economy based on give support/get support instead of one based on the exchange of currency. Won't service and manufacturing industries collapse in a world where children are encouraged to do what they like? Last time I asked anyone who bagged groceries or worked in a factory what they thought of their jobs they weren't exactly enthusiastic.

    ...and the response:

    No one can predict how large systems of virtually infinite complexity will react to any specific change. Consider how widely predictions differ about what will happen when the Y2K bug comes into play at midnight January 1, 2000. They range from "total system collapse" to "nothing much." The changes you describe will have effects equally impossible to predict. But consider this. If all the baggers in your city walked off the job tomorrow and no one cared to take their places, would the supermarkets close? Would the population starve to death? I think the answer to both questions would be no. I don't know how the problem would be solved, but I'm confident it would be solved.

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