How much garbage has to be hauled from trash cans to transfer points?
How much acreage has to be either prepped for planting, or tended to after planting has been done?
How much critical machinery has to be serviced, or repaired?
How much food product has to be either hauled to a processing plant as feedstock, or hauled away to distribution points as end product?
How much chemical, metal, or any other material product, has to be hauled to a processing plant as feedstock, or hauled to distribution points as an end product?
How many meals have to be made as either a required institutional, or discretionary, service?
How many people need to have a service rendered as a matter of critical physical well being?
How many people will require a service rendered as a matter of important material need (as referred to by such professions as education, law, accounting, manufacturing, construction, data processing, creating new enterprises etc.)?
Every day all of this has to get done in order to have any community, whether you see a community as a town, a city, a county, or anything larger. That's what it means when you talk about keeping a community going. And that is what the majority of working people in this country are involved in; which is the group I refer to when I say "the rest of us."
As obvious as all this might seem I provide it here as a necessary preamble to making what I feel is an important statement about having a Democracy. Which is to say that, if you have a democracy, the majority has the right to provide themselves with whatever they are willing to support. I fear that this needs repeating in bold type:
If you have a democracy, the majority has the right to provide themselves with whatever they are willing to support.
This statement is of crucial importance now because I firmly believe that we are not getting a good number of things that we would, in fact, be quite willing to support. And the main reason we are not getting them is that the value of what the rest of us do, in keeping things going, isn't appreciated even nearly to the degree that it should be. And why, you might ask is that?
The fault here lies completely with the out of date, and now mutated as well, economic operating system we brought with us on our rise from the ignorant tribalism of our early beginning. A system based completely on the notion of the economics of scarcity; a thing for which, now that technology has advanced so far, is no longer necessary at all. And that is so because, with clean, renewable energy, and the careful application of knowledge, we can certainly provide ourselves with a much greater portion of "what we are willing to support;" especially if creativity can truly break free of the shackles that making knowledge a "proprietary" item has burdened us with in the past.
We can change this. We must change this. The only question left is why you aren't doing more to make that change come about.