In a message dated 12/7/99 4:40:27 PM Central Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
> Has anyone pointed out to them how astonishingly ignorant of economics
> those books are? I've read them, and mostly enjoyed them as good
> store, but I had to treat them less as science fiction than as economic
> fiction. There's no commerce of any kind in the book. And it's not just
> the usual "it's not part of the story line, so I don't have to include
> it's actively denied as part of the story. (Communal living, communal
> values, you know.) No buying and selling, but everyone always has plenty
> of water, food, air, and shelter, except when a crisis is happening.
I share your opinion of that element of the books -- in fact, it was such an appalling aspect of the material I couldn't finish them.
> There's no way a society could exist under those conditions, let alone
> grow, and evolve. Does the "law and governance" crowd expect supplies to
> arrive everywhere by magic, or are they confronting these problems?
There are a couple of posters that have a clue about such matters, sort ot. But there's also such a lot of incredible naivete that I've given up contributing, for the most part. It's sad, really.
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