I found this essay, written by the founder of an organisation calling itself Share the World's Resources, questioning a division of labour structured by specialisation and trade.
How can we share when the influence of selfishness and greed has such a grip on our societies, and when we continue to worship success and achievement? Through its clever and manipulative ways of conditioning our minds, commercialisation has moulded the principle of sharing to become the miserable shadow of the poor and the helpless mother of the starving millions. In the face of its abysmal power and perpetual deluge, it is very normal that people will see the principle of sharing as na├»ve or utopian, and will think you are deluded if you say that sharing is the key to solving the world’s problems.
Perhaps because life before specialisation and trade was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Which is how those parts of the world that reject the principles, or have yet to properly adopt them, still live?

And yet, to live better, we must revert to the social organisation of hunters and gatherers, or agrarian tribes?  Dumb.

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