“True, without “real” democracy and the decisions being taken indirectly by big corporations, so called corpocrazy, the power ends up in the hands of the few and the people lose their ability to influence politics. The solution must be for the people to vote for a political movement for pure, real and direct democracy on demand.” Jacque Fresco//
The VP proposes an unparalleled social and political system in our history. This social and political ideology coincides directly with an economic strategy. Throughout the course of history, few leaders, or politicians, have ever made such a grand proposition to improve the lives of their citizens. Such a system is heavily dependent on the advancement of humans and technology. The VP’s almost Utopian ideology can be compared to Edward Bellamy’s, 1898 classic, Looking Backward.
A Common Bond
Social studies have long recounted, “Common crises creates common bonds.” While motivation to seek advancement in times of prosperity, times of disparity bring also people closer together. Then, with the demise of a common foe, people go back to their normal desire for individual advancement. For instance, there have been innumerable examples of the United Nations coming together to mobilize forces and to deter a common enemy, like during World War II. With the implementation of the VP, all nations would work together, cohesively, calling upon technology to sustain them. In this case, bankers, lawyers, businessmen, and politicians would be bypassed (“The Future and Beyond”).
Throughout our history, politicians were brought on as actors on behalf of their citizens. Time and time again, these leaders seemed to act only to benefit themselves and their constituents, rather than the average person. Our history clearly illustrates that politicians and their political parties can be both fickle and short-lived due to their inability to satisfy the demands of their supporters. In modern industrial societies, the political process is the direct cause of inaction and dissent. The prime conditions for social change will only arise under two circumstances: intensely deteriorating climates in government, politics, and social institutions, and if self-imposed (“The Future by Design: Beyond Money and Politics in Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a better world”).
The solution to our problems will not come from the application of reason, politics, or logic. At present, Fresco implies that the world we live in is not reasonable or logical. The world’s antiquated social, political, and international order is no longer suitable for these times. They are such obsolete entities that cannot conceptualize or appreciate the significance of innovating technology to attain the greatest good for all people; moreover, to overcome the social and economic inequities.
If we apply the same efforts of interdisciplinary scientific mobilization to daily life, as we would during times of war, immense benefits can be achieved at a much faster rate. This coalition of scientists could eventually help define the parameters for the future of a sustainable global civilization.
A New World Order
Social operations today are far too complex for elected officials and politicians to comprehend, as two of the six goals of the VP concluded above.
According to Fresco:
“The human mind is far too simple to handle and put to practical use the voluminous information needed to operate a highly technical and advanced world society…Eventually the central cybernated systems will coordinate all of the machinery and equipment that serve the entire city, the nation and ultimately the world. One can think of it as an electronic automatic nervous system extending into all areas of the social complex” (“The Future and Beyond”).
The VP would employ a cybernetic society in which computers could replace the outdated system of electing politicians that sustain and proliferate corporate vested interests. Cybernation is the networking of computers with automated systems. This new technological control center will not dictate or monitor individual's lives, as in The VP this would be considered socially offensive and counterproductive (“The Future by Design: Beyond Money and Politics in Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a better world”). Cybernation is essential in the VP’s design for this “new world order.” Only when cybernation is integrated into all aspects the new social design can technologically meet the needs of all the people, especially in times of crisis. No technologically advanced civilization can ever operate properly without the integration of cybernetics. This new technological center would therefore replace the current ineffective political system with an efficient computer-generated operation to satisfy the new world civilization (“The Future and Beyond”).
Many of the VP proposals, from an engineering standpoint, seem fanciful and inconceivable within the present monetary system;(“7 News Features: The Venus Project”). To bring such egalitarian ideas to work would require an absorbent sum of money. No government today could possible afford such an undertaking. The goals of the VP can only be accomplished in a resource-based world economy, where all of the world's resources are combined as a unified resource achieved by a world civilization (Arneson, "Egalitarianism").
The VP proposes political strategies that contrast drastically with today’s political system. Such an ideology is unparalleled in our history; yet, paramount to our survival. The VP advocates a complete withdrawal from our current political systems to implement a technologically advanced, cybernetic, egalitarian society to develop, sustain, and advance all peoples indigenous to its world civilization (Munteanu, “The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realized Future?”).
7 News Features: The Venus Project. Dir. Danny Cohen. Web. 14 February 2011.
Sunbeam Television Corp., 2011.
Arneson, Richard, "Egalitarianism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring
2009 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.) Web. 13 Feb. 2011.
Fresco, Jacque. “The Future and Beyond.” Web. 13 Feb. 2011. The Venus Project,
Munteanu, Nina.”The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realized Future?.” The Alien
Next Door. 14 March 2009. Google, 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.
The Venus Project: Beyond Politics, Poverty, and War. Web. 12 Feb. 2011. The Venus
Project, 2009. <http://thevenusproject.com/>