Matt draws my attention to a new economy called “Copiosis”.
Society just provides the basics to everyone. Then there’s “Luxuries”, and you’ve got to be a “Producer” to get those. Society will reward “Producers” with those “Luxuries” as, when and if production of things of benefit to the greater society are provided.
So, universal basic income with a gift economy, sorta, on top.
So far, so millennarian. And then the crunch.
Which producer gets what Luxury is the decision of the Payer, one for each block or geographic area. The Payer does not partake of the economy, instead is supported by the gifts of the inhabitants of the area.
Congratulations, we’ve now got New Age Fascism. The Gauleiter for each block, living off taxes, deciding the income of each inhabitant. It’s not even socialism, in which the workers get the goodies, everything is politically decided. Decided by the local dictator.
At which point fuck off matey.