Economical

"War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is, there will be very little significant change. It's going to take the redesign of our culture and values." Jaque Fresco

The Venus Project is an organization and social movement created by Jacque Fresco in 1975 that promotes the idea of our world becoming a resource based economy. The name of the organization is derived from the 21 acre research center in Venus, Florida (The Venus Project). Members with like ideologies come to create movies and publications describing their proposed ideas and promoting the movement to achieve these ideas. The Zeitgeist Movement works alongside The Venus Project as a sort of strong arm in the activist portion of the organization (Currie).

According to the group, the world holds enough natural resources, and we as humans have enough technological capabilities, to rid ourself from a monetary based economy. The founder of this group states that we actually hold back from reaching our true potential by relying too much on money to fund everything from food to housing (Video: Are We Civilized Yet?). Since we cannot buy food or housing without money, we must work to gain money. This dependence on currency has led to both greed for more money, as well as poverty. In a resource based economy we would not work a full work week like we do now. All people would work to accomplish a similar goal (food, housing, etc.), thus eliminating a poverty line and increasing ties between people.

Economical Aspects
The Venus Project proposes an excellent set of ideas and goals. A more productive and healthy lifestyle for the human race would be a direct result from implementing these ideas. Coming together as a people to create a better world for us all is something that is both idealistic and challenging, no doubt. Numerous factors such as war, drugs, poverty, and greed stand in the way of these ideas. A few important topics should be addressed, with regard to the economical aspects of The Venus Project.

First, this organization is attempting to promote a resource based economy, as opposed to our current monetary based one. Many people have taken stabs at this idea with comments such as, “It is not feasible to get rid of money as a form of payment for goods or services,” and “The Earth alone does not hold enough natural resources for us to tap for our own benefit.” As to the first argument, it is actually very feasible to change our way of 'payment for goods or services.' Our current economy has seen challenging times within the past four years. It is in times like this that people look for alternative ideas and ways of thinking. One of the biggest concerns with citizens over the past few years is saving more money. Without this financial stress we could live our lives healthier and with more content. Also, the Earth holds an abundance of resources, many of which are being taken advantage of as this is being written. Over 70% of The Earth consists of water (while the majority is salt water we do have the ability to convert this to fresh water through technology we currently hold). There are numerous towns and cities which hold vast amounts of gardens and farms for food. The human race is more technologically advanced than ever with the capability of using this to our advantage in terms of implementing a stable, resource based economy (Richardson).

Second, the human life will be held with more regard and we will be able to live a more content life. Humans should help each other out and live a life of peace, while enjoying the Earth and what it has to offer. While to some this can sounds idealistic and out of reach, it is a very real possibility. Jobs that are currently being done by people will soon be replaced by machinery that we have created. As a direct result, there will be fewer jobs. The less jobs available, the less money that can be earned. Changing the incentive from money is one of the first steps in making this movement a reality.

Capitalism

As long as there is a motive for profit, there will be poverty. Our current system simply cannot afford to allow everyone to attain a decent salary and/or standard of living. It has been said that financial stress can be the worst of all stresses. Without this stress people could enjoy life as they were meant to.

Making it Happen
The Venus Project proposes many good ideas for the better of humans, as well as provides a 'map' for getting to that point. A lot of people have devoted their time and resources to this organization in an attempt for a better world.

A step in the right direction, according to Fresco, is to implement sensors through various parts of Earth, which would allow us to detect the most abundance locations for natural resources. Our current technology could complete this task with relative ease. Another concept Fresco proposes is eliminating scarcity. He says when a few nations control most of the available resources, there will always be scarcity (due to profit/greed). Scarcity of funds also hold back innovation and productivity of newer ideas. Creating a common way for all nations alike to share resources, such as food and technology, will allow for a smooth transition into a more productive way of life (Video: A Resource Based Economy).

Works Cited

Currie, Chard. (2010). The Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement [Online Forum]. Retrieved from http://www.thescavenger.net/media-a-technology/the-venus- project-and- the-zeitgeist-movement-8970.html

Part 1 [Video]. (2010, November 15). The Venus Project: A Resource Based Economy. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj61bEIGcJ0

Richardson, Scott. (2009). The Venus Project. Retrieved from
http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/the-venus-project-introduction/about

The Venus Project. (2011). Wikipedia. Retrieved February 25, 2011, from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venus_Project

[Video]. (2010, November 14). Jacque Fresco: Are We Civilized Yet? Retrieved from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK1TvwGhMGY&feature=related

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