Tom Streithorst, “The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek”
This article is an essay about three possible future scenarios: one of technological wonderment, another of resource scarcity and anarchy, and finally a third middle way where humans can have subsistence while only needing to work a few hours per day and can spend the rest of their time enjoying the bounty of life. The essay argues this is only possible with a basic income. The author says, “If jobs keep disappearing, and we do not institute a basic income guarantee, then we may have the cruellest irony imaginable: a marketplace of unlimited supply without consumers capable of shopping.”
Tom Streithorst, “The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek”. Los Angeles Review of Books. June 21, 2015.