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  • The entire money-structured and materialistic-oriented society

  • is a false society.

  • Our society will go down in history as the lowest development in man.

  • We have the brains, the know-how, the technology

  • and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization.

  • (Jacque Fresco) It was living through the 1929 Great Depression

  • that helped shape my social conscience.

  • During this time, I realized the Earth was still the same place:

  • manufacturing plants were still intact and resources were still there

  • but people didn't have the money to buy the products.

  • I felt that the rules of the game we play by

  • were obsolete and insufficient.

  • Misery, suffering and war provided the incentive for my life's work.

  • I was also motivated by the seeming incompetence of governments

  • the academic world, and the lack of solutions offered by scientists.

  • I realized that instead of working with individuals

  • a more effective method would be to redesign the culture.

  • This began a lifelong quest to finding solutions

  • to the many problems that we have today.

  • (Narrator) This presentation is a feasible plan for social change

  • that works toward a peaceful and sustainable global civilization

  • where human beings, technology and nature coexist.

  • It outlines an alternative to strive for

  • where human rights are not only paper proclamations

  • but a way of life.

  • It is called The Venus Project.

  • Its founder, Jacque Fresco

  • calls for a straightforward redesign of the culture in which war

  • poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering

  • are viewed not only as avoidable but totally unacceptable.

  • It is becoming increasingly obvious that anything less

  • will simply result in a continuation of the same problems we face today.

  • The Venus Project's research center

  • constructed by Fresco and Roxanne Meadows

  • is located in Venus, Florida.

  • It addresses many of the root causes of our difficulties.

  • But what are the real origins of our problems?

  • At present, we are left with very few alternatives

  • since we are on a collision course of our own making.

  • Answers from yesterday are no longer relevant.

  • Considering the damage already done to the environment

  • we are rapidly approaching a point of no return

  • where nature will dictate the course.

  • Either we continue as we have

  • with outmoded social customs and habits of thought

  • thereby threatening our future

  • or, we apply a more appropriate set of values

  • relevant to a sustainable society

  • with more opportunity and freedoms.

  • Americans have been conditioned in their kind of society

  • to get a different kind of car next year

  • to buy a new television set, or a tape recorder.

  • We are radical as hell but our political and social institutions

  • have not changed and this is where we are stagnating:

  • because we always equate any new idea with communism or regimentation

  • because we have been brought up to fear that which is new.

  • (Narrator) None of the world's economic systems:

  • socialism, communism, fascism or the free enterprise system

  • have eliminated the problems of elitism, nationalism, racism

  • and most of all, scarcity.

  • These are all based primarily on economic disparity.

  • When money is used to regulate and distribute resources for profit

  • and people and nations are out for themselves

  • they will seek advantage at any cost.

  • They do this by maintaining a competitive edge

  • or through military intervention.

  • War represents the supreme failure of nations to resolve their differences.

  • From a strictly pragmatic standpoint

  • it is the most inefficient waste of lives and resources ever conceived.

  • Most wars are for the control of resources

  • and maintaining your position of differential advantage.

  • They're not based on the 'dignity of man.'

  • They're not based on elevating human beings.

  • It might elevate the human beings in the country that's the victor.

  • It might do that. But as far as the rest of the world goes

  • the price is enormous.

  • (Narrator) This crude and violent attempt to resolve international differences

  • takes on even more ominous overtones

  • with the advent of computerized nuclear delivery systems

  • and deadly biological and chemical weapons.

  • Yet it is a windfall, money-making opportunity

  • for those who profit by the military-industrial complex.

  • If the profit were taken out of wars

  • do you really believe we would have them?

  • (Jacque Fresco) If they draft you into the army to serve this country

  • (you put up your life for this country)

  • they should draft all the war industries:

  • every cannon maker, machine gun maker

  • automobiles, jeeps, warships

  • all drafted, so they're on the same basis of pay as the army.

  • Then it's real. But if you make millions selling warships

  • and machine guns to the army, then it's corrupt.

  • I would (if I had my way), if we had millions of men in the army

  • I'd send them to school to become problem solvers

  • how to get along with other nations. That's what we have to do, not kill.

  • Soldiers are just killing machines; they're trained to kill.

  • I would train them to be able to go to Mexico and bridge the difference

  • and go to the Arab world and see if they can bridge the difference.

  • So bring them all together, all the nations.

  • (Narrator) War is not the only form of violence imposed upon people.

  • There is also hunger, poverty

  • homelessness and unemployment.

  • The acceptance of these conditions as expressive of 'human nature' is a myth

  • used to keep things as they are.

  • Genetics has nothing to do with greed, business, race prejudice.

  • All of the operant systems in any society are part of your education

  • the books you read, the role models you follow and the people you admire.

  • The genes have nothing to do...

  • except with the color of your eyes, the shape of your nose

  • perhaps inherited features.

  • The genes do not control values.

  • Even if you're born with a much better brain than another person

  • meaning better receptors, the quality of the tissue is better

  • I would say that if you have a better brain

  • and you live in a fascist country you become a fascist faster.

  • The brain has no mechanism of discrimination.

  • The brain can't tell you what is relevant or less relevant

  • except experience.

  • (Narrator) We are not born with greed, envy, hatred, or bigotry.

  • Our behavior and values are reflective of the culture we are exposed to.

  • If you were raised by the headhunters of the Amazon

  • you'd be a headhunter.

  • If I said to you "Doesn't it bother you to have 5 shrunken heads?"

  • you'd say "Yes, my brother has 20."

  • Is he nuts? No, that's normal to his culture.

  • Social and environmental problems will remain insurmountable

  • as long as few nations control most of the Earth's resources

  • and the bottom line is profit over the well-being of people.

  • Putting profit first results in unnecessary suffering

  • and aberrant behavior prevalent today.

  • Many people feel that we need the rule of law to eliminate our problems.

  • We have many laws, thousands upon thousands of them

  • but they are constantly being broken.

  • Paper proclamations and treaties do not alter the facts of scarcity

  • deprivation, and insecurity.

  • You can predict the shape of the future and the values if you know

  • the trends of events in the ocean pollution, the scarcity of arable land...

  • If you watch that degrading system grow

  • I can predict the riots and killing and assassination.

  • Human behavior is really generated by the surrounding environment.

  • If there's a scarcity, say of water, it is prized and its price is high.

  • Let's discuss scarcity as a system.

  • Suppose it rained gold for about 3 days, gold dust.

  • People would go out and shovel it in, fill their cellars

  • the attic, every drawer in the house. They'd throw out their clothing.

  • If the rain kept up for a year so that gold was all over the place

  • people would sweep it out of the house, take their rings off, throw them away

  • and so human behavior undergoes change to that condition.

  • There's only a policeman in front of something that people have need for

  • and don't have access to, so you put a guard there.

  • But if lemon trees or orange trees and apple trees

  • grew all over the place, you couldn't sell it.

  • If you landed on an island that was so abundant with resources

  • you had 10 people, there were 1000 fish for every person if you wanted it,

  • there were 10 times the amount of breadfruit and bananas

  • money would not come into existence.

  • Private property would not come into existence.

  • If the island was big enough: there were 10 people, there were 8000 acres

  • no one would give a damn about staking out this particular area.

  • There are patterns of behavior that promote survival.

  • There are social conditions that change our values and outlook.

  • No one can write a constitution of required behavior

  • without consulting the environment.

  • So, we'd better take care of the environment

  • we'd better take care of one another and we'd better educate people

  • to the highest possible levels of our ability

  • in order to have a society.

  • (Narrator) Even a peace treaty cannot prevent another war

  • if the underlying causes are not dealt with.

  • Maybe what are needed are ethical people in government

  • who will work toward everyone's well-being.

  • But even if the most ethical people were elected to high positions

  • and we ran out of resources, there would still be lying

  • cheating, stealing and corruption.

  • It's not ethical people that are needed but rather

  • a way of intelligently managing the Earth's resources for everyone's well-being.

  • Let's examine our social arrangements further.

  • To maintain our economy, products must continuously be sold.

  • To assure this, they are deliberately designed to wear out and break down.

  • Maybe you've noticed this usually happens

  • right after the warranty expires.

  • This corrupt practice is referred to as 'planned obsolescence'

  • which is the conscious withdrawal of efficiency.

  • Innovators go through the finest schools and then are required

  • to design things that wear out and break down right on schedule.

  • This results in a tremendous waste of resources and energy.

  • We are plundering the planet for profits.

  • If you think about it, it isn't a job people want

  • but access to what their paycheck will bring.

  • Money does not represent anything real

  • and there's no gold, silver or resource to back it up.

  • You can't eat money or build a house of it.

  • It is not even related to our real capacity

  • to produce goods and services on this planet.

  • The monetary system has been handed down from centuries ago

  • and we continue to use it without questions.

  • This system will keep installing more and more automation

  • cutting down on the purchasing power of the majority of people.

  • There will come a time (it's called the Gaussian curve)

  • where employment is that, production is this

  • and purchasing power is that. The system stops.

  • Banks fail and nothing works anymore.

  • We're moving in that direction very rapidly.

  • - We have finally gotten to a place in 2011

  • where it's becoming obvious that the machine has beaten the man.

  • - We are incredibly productive with far fewer people.

  • - We are more productive as an economy than ever before.

  • - An iPad app can do more than four people.

  • - It's just that there are fewer jobs. The jobs that do exist now

  • can have lower wages because of obvious reasons:

  • a lot of people are looking for a small number of jobs.

  • The wages go down, that has huge impacts on the middle class

  • and ripples out from there.

  • We're moving towards social collapse.

  • I think this is going to happen all over the world, not just here.

  • It doesn't require the overthrow of the government.

  • It just requires that you let it alone; it will overthrow itself.

  • If you control the media, you can calm people down.

  • But if the majority keeps getting laid off, they don't have purchasing power

  • the system collapses. It doesn't work anymore; they invade.

  • It's already happening, this country is already insoluble.

  • They're going to have difficulty with national security, paying pension people:

  • they've spent far beyond what they already have.

  • All they can do now is create debt, borrow more and more money from banks.

  • - We also want to show you a rather grim sign of our times

  • it's not far from here in Midtown Manhattan.

  • The national debt has grown too large for the National Debt Clock.

  • It went up back in 1989

  • when the nation's debt was less than 3 trillion dollars.

  • The debt has been piling up so fast lately they had to drop the dollar sign

  • to make room for an extra digit as the number turned over

  • to more than ten trillion dollars now and counting every second.

  • A whole new clock with two extra spaces will go up next year.

  • The federal government is not allowed to print money.

  • It's not allowed to lend money or get in the banking business.

  • That is a privilege for bankers only.

  • So what the government has to do if they want to build an air force

  • say of 2000 planes a month

  • they have to borrow money from a private lending institution

  • sign the dotted line, and if the war is lost or failed

  • the burden falls on the public to pay off that debt.

  • (Narrator) We find ourselves and our social constructs

  • in a transitional state, a matter of social evolution.

  • If we want to make it through these turbulent times

  • we must be able to adapt to change.

  • All things change, including our social systems.

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