I appreciate the ideas - I have looked at Kickstarter but it's not without its drawbacks. I'm actually confident that the track I am on will work out okay.
The underlying point of my post is to shed a little light on the embedded psychological and cultural issues that are part and parcel of these things we casually call "socialism" and "capitalism" and "neoliberalism", etc.
When you get right down in the mud, we are dealing with "peopleism", not to be confused with "humanism".
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller