Artificial Scarcity

The Culture novels are unapologetically socialist. And why not – if everyones needs can be satisfied at essentially zero cost, and 99.9% of wants can be satisfied in the same way, the concept of scarcity goes out the window, and free markets are designed to manage the use of scarce resources.

So many of the people in the Culture use artificial scarcity to help signal their awesomeness. For some reason, I thought of that just now.

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