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When was the tipping point?

Can anyone tell me when we reached such a state of abundance that we can provide things for "free"? Health care, high-speed Internet, food, housing, etc.?

I'm just curious, because when we look at history we see a large span when lots went without, when not everyone could be cared for. So I'm just wondering when it was we achieved so much abundance we can just give it away? Like, how are we able to have "universal" health care today and not 100-150 years ago?

Published Thu, Mar 11 2010 11:43 AM by thedo