Bucky Fuller's statement quoted here was made over 50 years ago when industrial manufacturing employed tens of millions of people and we exported goods all over the world (correction: I meant America by "we" since Bucky Fuller was speaking as an American).
If you're lucky enough to have grandparents 60-70+ years old most of them will tell you how great it was to get a job in a manufacturing plant "back in the day". This is my point about the quote being out of context -- it's easy to think this is a modern day quote about communism but without context a reasonable person wouldn't know. The micro blog medium allows this sort of schlocky softball pitch to be lobbed into the news stream completely out of context when the person who originally said it was probably trying to express a multi-page complex socio-economic commentary.
That was the type of guy Bucky Fuller was -- completely out of the box but a massively deep thinker. He was taken out of context by newsmen and pundits repeatedly in his day. He was a truly eccentric character that gave us incredible inventions (not just borrowing or stealing as somebody above claimed).
To your point, services, not manufactured goods are our main output now. So Fuller's statement isn't as relevant to manufacturing as it is to the service production line nowadays -- and I'm sure there are hundreds of talented people here who go to their production line service job who are trying to figure out alternatives.
I love all the perspectives on this thread from modern-day utopians to Darwinian capitalists. The DISCONTENTMENT I hear from many angles is the root of true innovation! Bucky almost committed suicide out of discontentment but pulled himself out of it by pledging he would never commit his brilliance to things he considered idiocy. From that day on, he committed to doing whatever it took to being an inventor. He was a freak of nature in the most positive sense.
My main point here is to challenge my citizen brethren to use their discontentment PLUS talents to do something good, to experiment, to find a human problem that is massively scary and appears insurmountable and devise some way to change it. Bucky Fuller deduced that achieving something meaningful to humanity required him to work outside the box. He never earned great wealth, but he gave humanity incredible solutions to problems we humans were just accepting and working around for a long time.