A Resource Based Economy.
The end of manufactured scarcity.
A life of contribution to the betterment of mankind.
The end of Profit and Greed based systems of Government.
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To transcend these limitations, The Venus Project proposes we work toward a worldwide, resource-based economy, a holistic social and economic system in which the planetary resources are held as the common heritage of all the earth's inhabitants. The current practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant, counter-productive, and falls far short of meeting humanity's needs.
Simply stated, within a Resource Based Economy we will utilize existing resources - rather than money - to provide an equitable method of distribution in the most humane and efficient manner. It is a system in which all goods and services are available to everyone without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.
To better understand a resource-based economy, consider this. If all the money in the world disappeared overnight, as long as topsoil, factories, personnel and other resources were left intact, we could build anything we needed to fulfill most human needs. It is not money that people require, but rather free access to most of their needs without worrying about financial security or having to appeal to a government bureaucracy. In a resource-based economy of abundance, money will become irrelevant.
We have arrived at a time when new innovations in science and technology can easily provide abundance to all of the world's people. It is no longer necessary to perpetuate the conscious withdrawal of efficiency by planned obsolescence, perpetuated by our old and outworn profit system. If we are genuinely concerned about the environment and our fellow human beings, if we really want to end territorial disputes, war, crime, poverty and hunger, we must consciously reconsider the social processes that led us to a world where these factors are common. Like it or not, it is our social processes - political practices, belief systems, profit-based economy, our culture-driven behavioral norms - that lead to and support hunger, war, disease and environmental damage.
The aim of this new social design is to encourage an incentive system no longer directed toward the shallow and self-centered goals of wealth, property, and power. These new incentives would encourage people toward self-fulfillment and creativity, both materially and spiritually.
No one even interested?
Hmmmmmm.....yeah, you are right it's only the future of mankind.
Who would be interested in That!
This is very interesting. Physicist Michau Kaku talks about this, and the importance to evolve into this type of economic system. I think is an Utopia.
Jacque Fresco himself says that the society of the Venus project would not be a utopia, just because it is an impossibility for such a thing to exist. What the Venus Project represents to me is a way of thinking outside of the box that we live inside of everyday. It is a view of a possibility that few of us ever imagine, especially in the striking detail that Jacque Fresco has!
Yes - it sounds interesting but I have to agree with Gabriela - it is Utopia.
I understand and agree on many of the things Jacque Fresco is saying - especially the part about politicians knowing nothing about science and thus some of their decision making is damaging! As an engineer myself I feel that he speaks directly to me and I realise that some of the things he is talking about might be in the distant future but I think probably in a different flavour.
If you can wrap your mind around the concepts of a cashless society, and a resource based economy, then it isn't that impossible to imagine a future time when people become sick of the same rat race we are all trapped within. When people become able to visualize this on a global scale, that's when real change will take place.
I would very much like to see something like this in the future. The chances of it happening would be very slim and the change nothing short of a revolution. It sounds very technocratic. I like it.
There are some of it's roots in the technocratic mindset. What sets it apart is the humanistic approach and the general beneficial nature for all mankind. The wealth of some countries is not deserved, especially when it is from the suffering of those who have nothing.
As far as a revolution...maybe that's what we are seeing the beginnings of right now.
The communication age has changed what a revolution is...appearence wise.
Just because you can't see the revolution, doesn't mean it's not happening already!
Essay part 1
by: Jacque Fresco/The Venus project
With the advent of future developments in science and technology, we will assign more and more decision making to machines. At present this is evident in military systems in which electronic sensors maintain the ideal flight characteristics in advanced aircraft. The capacities of computers today exceed five hundred trillion bits of information per second. The complexity of today's civilization is far too complex for human systems to manage without the assistance of electronic computers. Computers of today are relatively primitive compared to those that will evolve in the future. Eventually the management of social systems will call for require electronic sensors interconnected with all phases of the social sequences thus eliminating the need for politics.
Today modern industrial plants have built in automatic inventory systems, which order materials such as bearings and other mechanical replacements well in advance.
We believe it is now possible to achieve a society where people would be able to live longer, healthier, and more meaningful productive lives. In such a society, the measure of success would be based upon the fulfillment of one's individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property, and power. Although many of the concepts presented here may appear as unattainable goals, all of the ideas are based upon known scientific principles. It is not my purpose to write an article that would be acceptable to people this is not the concern of science.
The social direction being proposed here has no parallel in history with any other previous political ideology or economic strategy. Establishing the parameters of this new civilization will require transcending many of the traditions, values, and methods of the past. The future will evolve its own new paradigms, appropriate to each successive phase of human and technological development.
Throughout the history of civilization few national leaders or politicians have ever proposed a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of all people under their jurisdiction. Although such individuals as Plato, Edward Bellamy, H.G. Wells, Karl Marx, and Howard Scott all made some attempts to present a new civilization, the established social order considered them impractical dreamers with Utopian designs that ran contrary to the innate elements of human nature. Arrayed against these social pioneers was a formidable status quo composed of vested interests that were comfortable with the way things were, and a populace at large that, out of years of indoctrination and conditioning, wanted no radical changes. These were the millions of unappointed guardians of the status quo. The outlook and philosophy of the leaders were consistent with their positions of differential advantage.
In 1898, Edward Bellamy wrote the book Looking Backward. He conceived of an ideal egalitarian social system with many advanced ideas for its time. This bestseller generated a great deal of interest, and many people inquired as to how this type of cooperative Utopian society could be brought about. But Bellamy replied that he was just a writer and did not know how to create such a society.
The proposals he presented, and those of Plato's Republic, the writings of Karl Marx, H. G. Wells in his book The Shape of Things to Come, and many others all represent attempts to find workable solutions to the many problems that earlier civilizations were unable to resolve. There is little doubt that at the time of Bellamy's books the social conditions were abominable, which made the Utopian ideal extremely appealing. What appears to be lacking in most of these concepts, however, has been an overall plan and the necessary methods for a transitional system to enable the idea to become a reality. Most of the early visions of a better world did not allow for changes in either technology or human values, tending to arrest innovative efforts. Additionally, all have lacked a comprehensive set of blueprints, models, and a methodology for implementation. Finally, they lacked competent individuals to bring about such a transition.
The answers do not lie in debate or philosophical discussion of values, but rather in methodology. Thus what is needed is an operational definition of a better world, which is as follows: To constantly maximize existing and future technologies with the sole purpose of enhancing all human life and protecting the environment.
Today we have developed the necessary technology to surpass the fondest hopes and dreams of any social innovators of the past. The fact that previous attempts at social change have failed is no justification for us to stop trying. The real danger lies in complacence. The only limitations to the future of humankind are those that we impose upon ourselves. It is now possible to relieve humanity of many of its unresolved problems through the humane application of technology.
Many years ago an attempt was made in the U. S. to understand a social and economic system different from our own. A film called "The March of Time" had this to say about Soviet Communism: "We believe that the American free-enterprise system will function better than the collective system. However, we wish you the best of luck on your new and unusual social experiment." The failure of communism to provide for human needs and to enrich the lives of its citizens is not unlike our own failures. Both failure and success are inherent in the on-going experiment that is social evolution. In all established social systems it is necessary to devise different approaches to improve the workings of the system.
Science is replete with examples of experiments that have failed, as well as those that have been successful. In the development of the airplane, for example, there were thousands of failures before the first workable model was produced. In the field of medicine, Dr. Erlich attempted over 600 different approaches to controlling syphilis before one was finally proven successful. All of the technology we use today, such as computers, cellular phones, the Internet, aircraft, and automobiles, are in a constant state of improvement and modification. Yet our social system and values remain largely static. An inscription on one of our government buildings reads as follows: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Attaining visions requires change. The major reason for resisting change is that it tends to threaten the established interests. Actually, the fear of social change is somewhat unfounded when we consider that the entire history of civilization has been, in a sense, an experiment. Even the American free-enterprise system, during its earliest stages, faced a multitude of problems much more severe than they are today. These included long work hours, exploitation of child labor, inadequate ventilation in industrial plants, lack of rights for women and minorities, hazardous conditions in mines, and racial prejudice. Despite its many problems, it was the greatest social experiment in history in terms of diversity of lifestyles and individual freedoms, innovations in architecture and technology, and overall progress in general. It is imperative that we continue the process of social experimentation in order to transcend our present limitations and enhance the lives of everyone.
The future does not depend on our present-day beliefs or social customs, but will continue to evolve a set of values unique to its own time. There are no "Utopias." The very notion of "Utopia" is static. However, the survival of any social system ultimately depends upon its ability to allow for appropriate change to improve society as a whole. The paths that we choose will ultimately determine whether or not there is intelligent life on earth.
The premise of fulfilling all humans' needs by a resource-based economy has one fatal flaw:
present world population growth is expanding almost exponentially.
Until homo sapiens gets procreation under control I unfortunately remain pessimistic about everyone worldwide having their needs met. Our planet's finite resources are disappearing so fast I fear implementation of any new system will be too little too late. But I do agree with the overall philosophy your suggesting. It is certainly a radical departure from what we have present day.
What would be the impetus upon ALL nations and countries of this world to give up what they presently have? For it to work everyone would have to reach agreement. Fat chance of that; just take a look at the ineffectual workings of the United Nations. They can't agree on the simplest of things it seems. We would be better served by an asteroid impact to serve as a new starting point for your proposed project.
I admire your vision and courage for change that benefits all mankind but it's actual implementation is going to be extremely problematic.
I'm afraid that I also think this system is flawed in that it doesn't take account of the fact that some people just don't want to play fair, they don't want everyone to be equal and they are greedy. It seems to me that if you go back far enough we did rely on a moneyless sytem and money was introduced to provide a flexibility in the system that doesn't naturally exist. I think this proposal is admirable and I would love to see it become a reality but I just don't see it as being a realistic option.
Yeah, I agree with both of you. I saw this on Zeitgeist II, and while I respect the hell out of the idea, it just seems a little TOO perfect and simple to be possible.
Anyway it is definitely a worthy goal to shoot for. We probably won't achieve it, but the pursuit would undoubtedly put us on a better path.