Comment: Once again, assumptions fail us.

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Once again, assumptions fail us.

Both you and TVP base too much stuff on assumptions.

TVP assumes that there already IS a shortage of resources. IF that was the case, then to make sure those resources lasted, they assume the world will have to work together to coordinate a solution. They don't actually say what kind of control structure they want, but you're correct in that they do think it's needed.

This is wrong thinking. There is no shortage of resources in reality. What we're experiencing is laziness in finding ways to waste less.

We CAN use less. Much less. In fact, in my research, I've estimated that we can provide every good and service we currently have, to every person on the planet by using as little as 30-40% of what we currently use. This is the result of making good decisions in how to use them. The key point here, however, is that it can be done by the people completely separate from any government intervention. And as I said in comments below, this is already underway by a large group of companies under the radar.

So, if we can do this, TVP would find no shortage and cause no control. Remember, they don't advocate any other control beyond allocating precious resources. By extension, their only system is to bring technology to everyone by advocating automation everywhere it is possible.

Another way to look at this is the case of Easter Island. If you could take control by some means as a resident citizen and if you foresaw that their society would die off because they were planning on felling all the trees, WOULD YOU take control to stop if from happening?

Sure, Jacques pushes his futuristic cities, but every engineer knows they're unrealistic pipe dreams. They might be a good model to consider but the physical structures all in concrete are not very practical. Perhaps lots of people would want to live in a circular city with all the centralized services they could ever want.

What he's really promoting is for technology to be used to its fullest to save resources and benefit people and the environment. I say, let's just do that up front and skip all the control wars. As a free market advocate to the end, I am fully convinced that with lots of tech available to everyone (as it's going now), those in control of any 'ism' will very soon lose that control.

Last point - sitting around doing nothing: What's so wrong with that? If you were on an island with a dozen people and you were the only one who knew how to get a coconut down to eat (the only food there for example), would you force everyone to work 40 hours per week if it only took you 6 hours per week to feed everyone? I'm guessing you'd do it by yourself (for the praise) until it got old and then you'd pass the skill on. If someone learned to teach a local monkey to do it all for you, then you'd all sit around all day.