Then I offer anyone the chance to earn extra credit- "De Marquis Dollars", if they come and work in my factory making stuff. De Marquis Dollars are good for things made in De Marquis factories, as determined by a market. Pretty quickly I expect people will line up for a chance at an extra boost to their standard of living, and we are back to a "wage-slave" system.
Let's assume the de facto earnings from government is around $100,000 a year — or $8,333 a month. I think this is more than enough to make a decent living for a person, provided he is humble with his earnings. This is assuming of course that goods come quite cheap nowadays. He comes across your extra-credit wage program. You might have a hard time convincing this humble person to come spend his (otherwise free) time doing the work he does not need to do. It is almost like volunteering, except you are forcing the incentive with the wage.
But say, this humble person sights the Bigonkers Hat! It's a rare collector's item, painstakingly hand-crafted with natural diamonds and opals! It's $10,000 though.. (in light of the cheap, stylish hats in the market.) So this humble worker does
have reason to work. If only for a while until he gets the money he wants. Then he goes back to his free time. What a reliable worker, eh?
In this post-scarcity society where the menial work is relegated to tools, I think you are wasting your money putting out wages for workers what otherwise a machine can handle, no problemo, no complaints, no need to waste your money on coffee breaks.
And the manufacturing robots will need to be advanced enough to self-replicate and self-maintain without human intervention.
Utility repair robots, at your service. With the ability to troubleshoot the machinery they're looking after, as well as themselves! Self-healing nanotechnology I assume can take care of the natural wear and tear?
Expecting automated supply to exceed human demand seems like a really strange presumption. To increase demand all you have to do is have more children than the replacement rate.
Perhaps families can take care with having children. It's no peanuts to give your love to a son.
edited 2nd Mar '11 6:00:33 PM by QQQQQ