Total wealth and resources in the world

Hello Professor Wolff, I would like to attempt a rough calculation of the total amount of wealth and resources in the world, as well as how they are currently distributed. Then I would compare this to levels of consumption around the world. I would like to see if the idea that-given modern technological advancements in production and distribution-it would be physically possible to provide housing, education, healthcare, and a generally good standard of living for every single person on the planet; and whether or not capitalist wealth concentration is the major barrier to the realization of such a system. If we have the physical capabilities of making this happen, I feel like that would be a very strong argument for some sort of socialist socitey. However, I don't know where to start so I was wondering if you could perhaps suggest any academic works or specific authors that have dealt with this subject. I am currently an undergrad but feel like this might make a good dissertation in the future. Thank you.

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  • Alec Wills
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2018-02-11 12:30:37 -0500