For those of you who may have read my article, "Just What Is The Venus Project, Anyway?" and for those who have not, let me introduce Jacque Fresco; the designer/social engineer and the visionary behind the Venus Project. So why should anyone care about the plans of this elderly gentleman, ninety-three to be exact, from a small town called Venus in central Florida?
Only because he has the most universally ground-breaking idea that any one has come up with so far.
The Venus Project represents seventy years of carefully constructing an entirely new design for society, that he and his recent partner Roxanne Meadows have been working on for many years, to replace our old outdated social systems. In the beginning pages of Jacque's book, "The Best That Money Can't Buy" Jacque explains this new system in a breadth and scope that is not easily reached in his films and interviews. "In this book, we present an alternative vision of a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system that has gone before...We call for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old problems of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but also as totally unacceptable."
To achieve the goals of the Venus Project is to remove the oppression and exploitation utterly from humanity caused by the social systems that have always been in existence. This is essentially what all the world's religions have been trying to instruct us to do from the outset. It is man's fear of man and man's fear of nature that causes the problems that have plagued us throughout the ages. To live in a world where man lives in harmony with man and with nature is to fulfill the destiny of all.
So, a little explaining about how this new social system would operate. First, the Venus Project understands that we, as human beings are intrinsically tied with natural processes. We need to work with the earth and how humans operate and not against natural law, if we are to have a successful future. Indeed, if we are to have any future at all, we must align ourselves with the symbiosis of natural progression. The earth, with its abundant resources belongs to everyone and therefore must be declared common heritage among all it's people. We have the capability to feed and house everyone on the planet and the earth has enough energy to power us for centuries. We just need a means to harness the earth's resources. This can be done through modern technology. The state of technology is far more advanced than the masses are aware of and can be developed to the next logical step in many areas crucial to man's development as long as profit is not standing in the way, like it is today. The way things have always been is not the way that they always have to be.
Jacque's background caused him to begin to ponder this forward way of thinking as a little boy in the depression years. He mentioned looking around at the closed up shops around his hometown and noticed all the appliances and things that people needed to live on a daily basis right there in the store windows but realized that people did not have any purchasing power. Later, in his late twenties, in his backroom of his home, he began to work on plans for cities designed from the ground up that would be both self-sustaining and self regulating. So all people would have access to the necessities of life. As you may well have imagined, in the cities proposed by Jacque, there would be no need to buy or sell anything. In this world, boring, monotonous jobs would be a thing of the past. Computerized machines would be brought to the level of advancement where they could regulate daily operations, with little oversight by man, such as food distribution, building homes, energy and water flow, etc. This would in no way, minimize the importance of culture in society, Jacque's plans include buildings specifically designed as music and art centers, libraries, theatre's and so forth, plus, the some of the world's greatest structures would be preserved as museums for generations to come.
We have an emergent society presented here, that follows natural law and thus overcomes man's tendency to dominate man, "THE FUTURE IS FLUID" as Jacque outlined in all caps in the opening chapter of his book, and it is ours to decide what to do with it.
Fresco, J. (2002) The Best That Money Can't Buy. Published by Global Cyber-Visions