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Meeting human needs the direct way

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Taking care of everyone

Humans have basic needs which are aimed to be met through the economy.

So what are those needs, exactly?

There are several theories.

One theory comes from Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef who names nine:

1. Food, water, shelter
2. Participation
3. Idleness
4. Affection
5. Understanding, Learning
6. Creation
7. Identity
8. Freedom
9. Protection

These needs, he believes, are a constant across all cultures. What changes is how we obtain these things.

So how could we best obtain our basic needs as a society? Let's find out.