I don't know why people don't take a quantum leap in their thinking and just jump to what must be the ultimate question of all economics: What if everyone was wealthy and did not need to work to produce crap to sell to each other because the basic needs were essentially zero cost (shelter food water transportation energy insurance medicine entertainment) ? Would this society annihilate each other out of pure boredom? Or, would we live in a Star Trek utopia? Why do we have to take these snail like pace to achieve what everyone knows is the answer? If Capitalism is the answer, then what is the question?