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I don't think it's related to social group at all...
More like people interested in science. Could be anyone.
(and you'd be surprised to know that many economist like the idea!)
there is no doubt could be good for the overall economy and everyone. The question would be.. what is the right amount?
Could be anything from 0 to a lot.. And certainly depends on local factor such as how automated is your economy and how many natural resources you have..
But, well... social and political experimentation is notoriously hard to do...
Look at all this people saying straight out forcefully no, not even stopping to consider whether it might benefit them indirectly or not (as in, a stronger consumer economy, benefits everyone, for example)
I think the definition of "shareware" has changed enough over time that most people have come to think of it as something that still includes a monetary incentive and has very little to do with sharing any source...whereas open source is just that, making the source available to all.