Mike,

Thank you for continuing the discussion here.

Social equality and communism are not the same thing. See the following description of social equality from Wikipedia:

Social equality is a social state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in a certain respects. At the very least, social equality includes equal rights under the law, such as security, voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services. However, it also includes concepts of economic equity, i.e. access to education, health care and other social securities. It also includes equal opportunities and obligations, and so involves the whole of society.

Social equality requires the absence of legally enforced social class or caste boundaries and the absence of unjustified discrimination motivated by an inalienable part of a person’s identity. For example, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability must not result in unequal treatment under the law and should not reduce opportunities unjustifiably.

Social equality refers to social, rather than economic, or income equality. “Equal opportunities” is interpreted as being judged by ability, which is compatible with a free-market economy.

The other important thing to remember is that right now we think in terms of this planet — our available resources, land, etc., are all limited to Earth. In the near future, that will not be the case. (Already companies are forming to begin mining asteroids for metals and there is discussion about what laws will be required for individuals and companies to acquire land on other moons and planets.)

I’m not saying that nobody should buy, use, or create something simply because it’s not sustainable for humanity (if that were the case, I’d be against the creation and usage of technology, which I’m most definitely not). What I am saying is that we should work towards such a model by asking those questions.

I also believe the root desire for change is not inequality: it’s pain. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable or in pain, so we change. Time itself works against us, causing things to decay and transform. Humans work against that in search of less pain and more comfort.

I agree with you that if all those in power were removed today, there will simply be anther group to replace them. That is the world we live in right now. That’s the imbalance that exists. But that’s not how things need to remain and I believe it’s in all our best interest to start working — individually and together — towards a society where the balance is far closer to global social equality.