Dude...you are being overly hostile man. Seriously.
Time is scarce in the following way. Long ago, In agrarian societies, people would work ALL day to make food for their lord or king. Then, when Capital and industry became a thing, there were machines that people could use that made the job faster and easier, thus freeing up more time for other stuff. That is how time is a scarce resource because there are always things we can do to maximize how we use our time.
It isn't pseudointellectual. To someone with no knowledge of how capitalism works, perhaps it seems pseudointellectual.
If the intent of the system is for the DM to come up with their own reasons for why the licenses aren't available to all, I suppose that is a good enough reason. I honestly didn't think of that.
So you need a license to drive a truck. But again: WHY do you get to drive a truck and I do not? Is that also up to the DM as well?
In the PDF, press Ctrl + f. A little search bar pops up. Type in "capitalism." It doesn't appear too many times so it should be too hard. That or "empire." It's there in black and white.
I am glad to see you are so passionate about my criticism. Yet you want to see it stay the same, wheras I want to make it a better product for everyone. To buy. With lots of their surplus income.