...or is human society always bound to a supply-and-demand system? I haven't thought about the issue much, but here is one quick example that comes to mind. I think many here would argue that celebrities are one of the most overpaid people in the world. Not all, but many receive such fame and wealth through luck rather than merit (I know plenty of people around me who are blessed with beautiful looks and a great voice, but they were never given the opportunities). It seems that capitalism is the closest we have to meritocracy, but can the flaws of capitalism be fixed somehow through the proper engineering of society? I'm sure "government regulation" isn't the answer to celebrities' mass earnings.