Rock - a wonderful response and generative (as well as generous) contribution.
Gunther Sonnenfeld
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I’m also very interested in something else! From my perspective though, your stories have a severe shortage of economics. Far too many something elses have not been built on solid economic foundations. As a result, they have crumbled and hurt many people.

But the problem is, if you’re outside of economics, how can you discern which variety of economics will provide the most solid foundation for something else?

Personally, I really love plants. If I want a plant to grow, then I have to nurture it. I have to take the time and make the effort to water it and feed it and repot it. Since I love plants… I have a lot of them. But I only have a limited amount of time and energy. This means that I have to prioritize.

When you go to the grocery story… there are a lot of items that match your preferences… but your money is limited. So you have to prioritize. You spend your limited money on the products that are most important to you. In doing so, you nurture the people who create these products. You help them grow.

Here are all the stories that you’ve recommended. How many of their authors have you nurtured with your limited money? Chances are good that the answer is “not enough”. Free-riding is a real problem. If it wasn’t, then taxes could be voluntary rather than compulsory.

My ideal something else is a world where we might as well nurture the people who create things that we truly value.

If you’re interested in learning more… check out my discussion with a guy from the Roosevelt Institute. Let me know if you have any questions!