But in many areas, scarcity is so profound it has huge societal impact.
Maybe we need it as a release valve that lets off societal pressure ...
Calculating the actual, societal costs of fatty foods, alcohol, cars, pet ownership, mercury thermometers, air conditioning, solar panels, razor blades, jogging shoes, and ten thousand other things, and incorporating those costs in the prices as taxes would lead to a vastly more efficient allocation of resources.
When confronted with any thorny societal problem, I apply the same basic thought process I used on the five topics of this book.
They are not tales of aberrant individuals but of societal norms.
If she were unfamiliar with the accepted societal behaviors of a woman on his planet, he couldn't expect her to be any more familiar with the machine.