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CronoDAS comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

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Comment author: CronoDAS 09 July 2011 01:16:03AM *  0 points [-]

Economic: Looking at the common factors, it's about high vs low barriers to entry. The idea of non-entry is thus an obvious place to look. The first thought is a "gift economy". Riffing off the idea of the Bayesian Conspiracy, we get furtive students exchanging notes in dark alleys: a world where economy is forbidden.

Ever read The Disposessed by Ursula Le Guin? About half of it is set in a society in which "asking for something in exchange" is considered highly immoral.

Comment author: handoflixue 09 July 2011 06:44:43AM 0 points [-]

Interesting! I had not read it - it was mostly based on Burning Man's "gift economy", which has the same principle.