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    If a society developed in which everyone was satisfied with their lot, I'd accept that as a fair society.
    I'd agree.

    Every society has to strive continuously in areas like science and technology, though.  And of course, as Mazlow so brilliantly pointed out, that is only possible when the first steps of the social hierarchy--economic necessities--are fulfilled.

    The excuse given by apologists for capitalism--that such advances are only possible through a system of private profit--is simply silly.  The most basic and important achievements in human culture----fire, stone tools, metal smelting, pottery, brick, textile weaving--were all made solely for their social utility.  Their inventors didn't get a dime of profit from them. Humans are driven to create and to improve our creations. That requires no profit motive.

    (And indeed as an aside, it's not usually the inventor of something that profits from it even today--the idea is simply bought out by some corporation who then makes a ton of money after paying the inventor a pittance.)

    •  Well, my inventions went straight to my employer (0+ / 0-)

      That was a condition of employment, standard in the industry. But at least my employer paid decent bonuses for patents regardless of the utility of the patent. So in some cases the inventor would be paid thousands more than the invention was worth,in other cases teh fraction would be in "pittance" territory.

      But I worked at another corp which paid a flat legal minimum fee of $1/patent. :(

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