You think it would need to rely on altruism? I think it would do the opposite! It would make us much less dependent on altruism than we ever have been; it would make it nearly or practically obsolete.An admirable goal, but entirely unrealistic. Altruism is fantasy and is currently being misused by college kids to avoid facing the challenges of the real world.
Clara, no community has money unless it has something to sell to the world outside of the community. Perhaps it sold land to people who moved in? We can work with that.Donations came from private citizens. Land was bought by investors and business owners. Example: Safeway--I love our Safeway store. When this community was built, Safeway (then owned by Merrill Lynch-I think) was recruited by Del Webb Corp and built their store in our downtown area. The same was true of Wells-Fargo, Chase and other banks and restaurants, also businesses like True Value and Ace Hardware.
You wouldn't mean figuring things out has something to do with reasoning, would you? We all need to become more mathematically minded so we can have this discussion. What do we have to work with? How much land? What are the resources? What is the size of the population that live within these limits?You think it would need to rely on altruism? I think it would do the opposite! It would make us much less dependent on altruism than we ever have been; it would make it nearly or practically obsolete.
Taxing land that is used for homes maybe something we should give up along with income taxes that workers must pay. It may have made sense to tax land when it was the only source of income people had. However, historically the rich have been privileged and exempt from taxes, putting the burden of taxes on the laborers, the peasant farmers. I think England was the first country to come up with a better system at the beginning of the industrial age, but the industrial age created more desperate poverty than wealth, so I think we could say it failed?I would like a constitution that would limit the tax rate that a city could charge for real estate.
The Older American's Act entitles senior citizens to education. The catch is we are auditing the class and should not speak out and we do not get credit unless we pay for the classes like everyone else, and of course, if a class is full we can not audit it. I do not take advantage of this free education because I choose not to keep my mouth shut when a professor is saying things that are wrong or just should not be said. When I was young, I didn't have the courage to speak up, but today I am afraid I would end up being escorted out of the building by security people carrying guns.A university and research center. One that is affordable enough that seniors that always wanted degrees are right along side the eager young faces of the typical college students.
I have mixed feelings about the Venus project. First off I do not trust leaving our decisions to computers and the Venus Project is dependent on centralized decision making made with a computer. However, that is not all bad. Computers are better able to deal with much more information than the human brain can hold and the most rational decisions are based on information. But I don't think all rational decisions serve us equally. If we have to leave a ship and survive in a life boat for 5 people, but 8 people need a place in the life boat, rationally 3 of those people do not get a seat in the life boat. At this point, I want some human decisions. I think those in authority in Nazi Germany made rational decisions and I do not like them. I want to retain the final say about what happens to me and my family.That's the what, the why is very obvious but do they delve into the how?
I think plenty has been done to address these questions; the answers are out there - I've seen them and even come up with some of my own. The idea isn't necessarily to create a utopia, but you could say that it is to work closer and closer towards it, over time. The idea, the way I see it, is to simply rely on technical solutions to society's problems, rather than on politics. Politics doesn't necessarily offer the best solutions, or even any solution at all. Sometimes the solutions only sweep the problems under the rug & don't do anything to eliminate them at their core. Sometimes it even takes something that isn't even a problem in the first place and turns it into one, or causes one to be created out of it.Did anyone answer the question of what this planned city has for an economic base? You can not paint walls with urine proof paint if you don't have the money for the paint. Where is the town getting its money? What is the income for the community? Where does the town get its electricity and water? What are the town's resources and what must be imported?
If no one can answer these questions there can not be a discussion to prove if a Utopia is possible or impossible.