Objections to Postcards from 2035

(also known as Frequently Asked Questions)

“Man will fight and resist what they do not understand, only the meek seeks to know by humility.” ― Oluseyi Akinbami. Photo by Tim Gouw.

First Principles

  • The world’s current challenges, as summarised by the UN’s 17 SDG’s, are merely symptoms of an underlying cause.
  • The cause of these symptoms is neoliberalism, a system of ideas and ideals that have served us well since it was introduced by Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek in 1938. However, humanity is evolving and structures and systems that used to serve society no longer do. It is therefore logical and acceptable to expect systemic failure and the emrgence of a new ideology.
  • We each have a choice to work on either symptoms or causes and there is no right or wrong choice. Choosing to focus on causes is vastly more difficult than choosing to work on symptoms (ask any medical professional). I have chosen to focus on, unpack and ideally find solutions to the cause of the planet’s challenges.
  • Any meaningful solution to a cause should be transcendent (in support of humanity’s evolution), or we will repeat past mistakes. Transcendent means above or beyond the range of normal human experience. By it’s very definition, this makes understanding and implementing a transcendent solution challenging: it’s beyond what we know now — it’s beyond what we’re comfortable with — and so at first the ideology appears impossible/utopian/ridiculous.

How do you see this change rolling out?

How do you get buy-in from everyone?

The vision is impossible to achieve and far too Utopian — why even try?

  • Rapid and accelerating progress in exponential technology (definition) — the technology already exists to build the society described in Postcards;
  • Large, inflexible systems and structures, which served humanity well for hundreds of years, have reached the limit of their usefulness, and people are starting to notice;
  • Two generations of individuals born after 1980 (Gen Y & Gen Z) are dissatisfied with the status quo and are actively seeking alternative ways of spending their time on this pale blue dot.

Isn’t Universal Basic Income the answer to our global poverty challenge?

  • It proposes a solution just above poverty, instead of embracing abundance;
  • UBI relies on middlemen to dole it out (see Life Without Middlemen for why this is important);
  • UBI assumes that capitalism and constant growth is and will continue to serve the planet as well as it has (it won’t);
  • UBI doesn’t remove the gap between the wealthy and the poor.

Would socialism work as an effective replacement for democracy?

“Why fight for a big change if it’s only a regression — towards state control and economic nationalism, to economies that work only if everyone behaves the same way or submits to a brutal hierarchy?” — Paul Mason

You talk about removing middlemen but you appear to want to centralise everything technologically — why is that?

How do you handle dissent, criticism and public ridicule?

Who is going to do all the work?

What’s your view on Trump/Brexit/Muslims/Travel Ban/some other crisis of the day?

Questions about specifics



Tales from a regenerative, decentralised, transcendent future civilization — as told by a 21yo woman in 2035. A message of hope during times of confusion.

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Michael Haupt

I cut through (and expose) ESG & sustainability greenwashing. Speaker | Writer | Social Artist | Architect of Transformation