On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.
Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community’s self appointed “neighborhood watch leader,” called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn’t been charged for murdering our son.
Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.
When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.
It’s been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.
Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.
First of all, as a student of culture and popular culture and the impact that it has on us all, I know this to be true: Seeing yourself represented in the popular culture is really critical in terms of forming your own self image.
I’m old enough to have been around before seeing black people represented in the popular culture in diverse ways. When I was a kid, it was a big deal to see a black person on television. So that’s why it was important in a science fiction thing — in “Star Trek” — it was huge. I read a lot of science fiction books as a kid. As a kid of science fiction, “Star Trek” was important to me and seeing a person of color in a command position was hugely important to me.
actor Levar Burton, Star Trek and Reading Rainbow.
Post scarcity (also styled post-scarcity or postscarcity) is a hypothetical form of economy or society, in which things such as goods, services and information are free, or practically free. This would be due to an abundance of fundamental resources (matter, energy and intelligence), in conjunction with sophisticated automated systems capable of converting raw materials into finished goods, allowing manufacturing to be as easy as duplicating software.
Post Scarcity Community
A post-scarcity community is a community that achieves low work-hour requirement for attaining a modern standard of living, while not participating in any geopolitical compromises whatsoever - as a route to freedom, meaning, and pursuit of happiness - both on the personal and political level. This type of community is marked by transcendence of artificial scarcity that is found in ‘mainstream’ economic paradigms.
Post Scarcity Production Levels
Artificial scarcity includes, among others:
A Prussian-based education system to generate specialized factory workers as opposed to diversified independents
Maintaining monopolies on resources and production
Guiding human opinions towards particular consumer choices
Necessity of warfare for securing material feedstocks
Firm police state assistance in maintaining specified patterns of wealth distribution
Overspecialization - specialized machines and humans
Competitive waste, such as proprietary research
Nonstandard components and hundreds of different products with limited coordination of production
Dedicated components with little use outside of their specified function
Significant capitalization requirements for startup as a significant barrier fostering monopolization of production
Banking procedures that favor support of non-innovative solutions
Design for obsolescence, throw-away products, and throw-away society
The above combine to production and products that are inferior, short-lived, and inadequate to true human needs.
The remedies for the above, on a point-by-point basisl, are:
Self-education, online learning, internships, mentorships, or experiential learning
Replacing scarce resources with ubiquitous resources, by refining one’s tastes or by using enabling technologies that allows the transformation of ubiquitous resources into services formerly provided by scarce resources
Elimination of advertising hype
Peace-building by turning to local resources as a means of generating prosperity
Wealth distribution is informed by stewardship over resources
Generalization - multi-purpose machinery and multi-purpose people
Collaboration for open product development
Standardized components without reducing functionality, and scalable, modular components
Generalized components which can be used in many applications
Lowering barriers to entry via low-cost access to equipment and zero access barriers to enabling information
Crowd funding, loans from family and friends, access to productive equipment instead of bank papers
The above elements of non-scarcity combine to what is known as abundance - which is a mindset enjoyed by only a small fraction (~1%) of the population. However, as people evolve their index of possibilities to include practical routes towards post-scarcity, as embodied in the GVCS, then the principles of abundance turn into practice.
Post-scarcity production is a level of production attained that is so easy and accessible that it loses its power of control of people over one another.
“In truth, you will always find it [writing] difficult. The creation of an idea, the following of a story germ, the building up of a plot, the creating of people, of flesh and blood characters, these are not easy things. They’re extremely difficult, but conversely don’t be put off by the fact that this month you can’t do it, and next month is maybe even harder. This is if not a lifetime process, awfully close to it. The writer broadens, becomes deeper, becomes more observant, becomes more tempered, becomes much wiser over a period of time passing. It is not something that is injected into him by a needle. It is not something that comes in a wave of flashing explosive light one night and say, ‘Huzzah! Eureka! I’ve got it!’ And then proceeds to write the great American novel in 11 days. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a long, tedious, tough process.”—Rod Serling (via soulbots)