Even though the food is made of synthetic meat, it costs a few dollars apiece, and restaurants are always in an endless stream. In addition to bullet-proof clothes, they are also a few dollars a piece of clothing, which is approaching Taobao. Why can’t people in 2077 still survive?
This involves two classic worldview settings of cyberpunk. One is that the cyberpunk world is in the later stage of capital accumulation. In the early stage of capital accumulation, the level of technology was low, and capitalists needed to hire 90% of the entire society to maintain their business empire. In the later stage, with the development of science and technology and the improvement of productivity, capitalists can dominate the world by hiring only 10% of the people. Therefore, there are not only outrageously cheap commodities, but also a large number of unemployed people. As we all know, in a capitalist society, the crime rate of the unemployed will inevitably soar. Another classic setting is the more advanced, more addictive, but more combative “super dream” type of virtual entertainment, or some “chemical bliss” you know, can make people addicted to it like drugs. For details, please refer to the spiritual life of the dead house in Japan. Of course, these entertainments cost money. So we have this kind of crowd: they have no work, have 24 hours of free time a day, lead a poor subsidy life, are surrounded by overwhelming advertisements, and are addicted to all kinds of highly addictive entertainment. Entertainment krypton gold is a bottomless pit, but it is only one of countless bottomless pits in the capitalist world. So this group of people lives in filthy rental houses every day, thinking about whether to charge the next meal into the game or buy another milliliter of happy water. Mass consumption demand conflicts with meager living allowances. How can they make money? Therefore, the cyberpunk world is often flooded with criminals, and the police are also weak in law enforcement in order to save law enforcement costs, because they obey the orders of the capitalists rather than the government. As long as the bottom people don’t delay the capitalists’ business, it doesn’t matter whether they die or live. It just so happens that they need to buy a capitalist’s body for fighting.