Seventeen thinkers are presented to help the reader consider a new abundance-based economic
precept that is offered for consideration by the author. Knowledge accumulation through ambitious
human space migration into the solar system replaces the scarcity-based social invention of capital
itself. It is given in the article that the latter impedes the former. The thinkers, briefly introduced for
reflection on the new precept, include Anderson, Bacon, Bataille, Biden, Boulding, Fuller, Hampshire,
Hardin and the Meadows’s, Hume, Jefferson, Marx, Smith, Spinoza, Umpleby, and Xenos.
Intellectually, we know that money is not a fixed force of nature but we address all of our problems as
if it was. Money is merely a social invention that has been in a constant state of reinvention since the
agricultural revolution. Money as we know and use it within the scarcity-based systems of present day
capitalism and socialism has always been a nagging obstacle in general but particularly so in regard to
enabling human space exploration. Only barter would be worse. What then might be better?