I agree too. I have no desire to rely on political change to make this happen. I think that's where things like the Venus Project failed. It's not enough to say "look what we could all do if we just X". You won't get everyone to do X. It will not happen.
That's why I like the machine. And why I like it being open source. It solves human survival. There are a set of things you can do that will objectively achieve that goal and they're pretty simple. You can test if it worked - are the people surviving? Then you succeeded! There's a lot of different ways to go about it, none of them require a certain political environment, and anyone can fork the project and try something else if they don't like the way it is going.
I will say though, politics is important. And I've gone through this journey of politics where I've looked at it from a lot of different angles. I've tried to find ways of making a system that everyone would agree with - something that would have the most appeal. I've asked myself - what would a classic American liberal and a classic American conservative agree on? If you can make a system that appeal to everyone in the mainstream political spectrum, you're going to have a broad base of potential users and customers to draw from.
So in many ways, it is about being apolitical. About making something that does work outside of any politics. But in order to enforce that in development discussions, you've got to understand politics. So some people might come in and say "The Machine is Socialism", and I'd disagree - because the conservatives and free market types will never, ever go for that. And they have every right not to go for that in my view.
And some will say "but you can create a machine that works if you just pass this law that requires X", and then again I think it's dead in the water because you're admitting up front that if you don't pass that law, your idea is not viable.
But if you're trying to create something that appeals to everyone, it's not a bad mental model to target something that would work for anarchists. Anarchists are all about 100% voluntary exchange, which is similar to American libertarianism in that regard.
So you don't have to focus on anarchism, though I will bring it up from time to time. The model I imagine is one where in a 100% voluntary exchange, this project offers something appealing. We're going to want to get people to invest in us - time, ideas, money (for those of us who try to sell something to fund development of modules) - and what we're offering had better be worth the exchange. This project needs to stand and thrive on its own merits.
But I will say, Noam Chomsky says in the above video that an anarchist society where machines do all the mundane work and the humans get to do whatever they find interesting is, in his view, an ideal society. And I tend to agree.
My hope is not to change politics to build the machine. My hope is to build the machine to change politics.