The Venus Project
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Posted 12/16/08 , edited 12/17/08
The Venus Project was featured in "Zeitgeist Addendum" movie
http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

Mission

The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems. As you will see, The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. Through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.


What is Venus Project?

The Venus Project operates out of a 21.5-acre Research Center located in Venus, Florida.

When one considers the enormity of the challenges facing society today, we can safely conclude that the time is long overdue for us to reexamine our values, and to reflect upon and evaluate some of the underlying issues and assumptions we have as a society. This self-analysis calls into question the very nature of what it means to be human, what it means to be a member of a "civilization," and what choices we can make today to ensure a prosperous future for all the world's people.

At present we are left with very few alternatives. The answers of yesterday are no longer relevant. Either we continue as we have been with our outmoded social customs and habits of thought, in which case our future will be threatened, or we can apply a more appropriate set of values that are relevant to an emergent society.........

The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system that has gone before. Although this description is highly condensed, it is based upon years of study and experimental research by many, many people from many scientific disciplines.

The Venus Project proposes a fresh approach--one that is dedicated to human and environmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that is appropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positive future for all the world's people.

The Venus Project calls for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.


An Obsolete Monetary System


The money-based system evolved centuries ago. All of the world's economic systems - socialism, communism, fascism, and even the vaunted free enterprise system - perpetuate social stratification, elitism, nationalism, and racism, primarily based on economic disparity. As long as a social system uses money or barter, people and nations will seek to maintain the economic competitive edge or, if they cannot do so by means of commerce they will by military intervention. We still utilize these same outmoded methods.

Our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living for everyone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive is profit. Strategies such as downsizing and toxic dumping increase the profit margin. With the advent of automation, cybernation, artificial intelligence and out sourcing, there will be an ever-increasing replacement of people by machines. As a result, fewer people will be able to purchase goods and services even though our capability to produce an abundance will continue to exist.

Our present, outmoded political and economic systems are unable to apply the real benefits of today's innovative technology to achieve the greatest good for all people, and to overcome the inequities imposed upon so many. Our technology is racing forward yet our social designs have remained relatively static. In other words cultural change has not kept pace with technological change. We now have the means to produce goods and services in abundance for everyone.

Unfortunately, today science and technology have been diverted from achieving the greatest good for reasons of self-interest and monetary gain through planned obsolescence sometimes referred to as the conscious withdrawal of efficiency. For example, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, whose function is presumed to be conducting research into ways of achieving higher crop yields per acre, actually pays farmers not to produce at full-capacity. The monetary system tends to hold back the application of these methods that we know would best serve the interests of people and the environment.

In a monetary system purchasing power is not related to our capacity to produce goods and services. For example, during a depression, there are computers and DVD's on store shelves and automobiles in car lots, but most people do not have the purchasing power to buy them. The earth is still the same place; it is just the rules of the game that are obsolete and create strife, deprivation and unnecessary human suffering.

A monetary system developed years ago as a device to control human behavior in an environment with limited resources. Today money is used to regulate the economy not for the benefit of the general populace, but for those who control the financial wealth of nations.


A Resource-Based Economy

All social systems, regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social customs, ultimately depend upon natural resources, i.e. clean air and water, arable land and the necessary technology and personnel to maintain a high standard of living.

Simply stated, a Resource-Based Economy utilizes existing resources rather than money and provides an equitable method of distributing these resources in the most efficient manner for the entire population. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.

Earth is abundant with plentiful resources; today our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival. Modern society has access to highly advanced technologies and can make available food, clothing, housing, medical care, a relevant educational system, and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy such as geothermal, solar, wind, tidal, etc. It is now possible to have everyone enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities that a prosperous civilization can provide. This can be accomplished through the intelligent and humane application of science and technology.

A Resource-Based Economy would make it possible to use technology to overcome scarce resources by applying renewable sources of energy, computerizing and automating manufacturing and inventory, designing safe energy-efficient cities and advanced transportation systems, providing universal health care and more relevant education, and most of all by generating a new incentive system based on human and environmental concern.

Many people believe that there is too much technology in the world today, and that technology is the major cause of our environmental pollution. This is not the case. It is the abuse and misuse of technology that should be our major concern. In a more humane civilization, instead of machines displacing people they would shorten the workday, increase the availability of goods and services, and lengthen vacation time. If we utilize new technology to raise the standard of living for all people, then the infusion of machine technology would no longer be a threat.


Long but worth a read.

Go to the website and find out more:

http://www.thevenusproject.com/index.html

and im NOT a member of them...

What do you think?
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Posted 12/17/08
Sounds like they want to make the whole world adopt socialist methods, and I don't think that will ever happen in certain countries.
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Posted 12/17/08
Probably wouldnt work. The Venus Project is basically asking people to change their lifestyle. People dont like other people telling them what to do.
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Posted 12/17/08

g31025 wrote:

Probably wouldnt work. The Venus Project is basically asking people to change their lifestyle. People dont like other people telling them what to do.


i think they are experimenting with volunteers, not forcing it on us.
Posted 12/17/08
Sounds like another social experiment that underestimates social inertia. I'd say it'd fail because humanity has been getting high on freedom for too long. Besides, it would destroy the luxurious service economy we have all grown to expect; that alone is a dealbreaker for the ones in power now.
Posted 12/18/08
someone would find a way to corrupt the system sooner then later.
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Posted 12/19/08
we been enjoying freedom for too long and personally i think its too drastic a change..its like telling people "we dont need clothes anymore!i am going to walk around butt naked from now on,who is with me?"
catch my drift?
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Posted 3/27/09
This reminds me of the Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere (an old PS game distributed by Konami) as a possible outcome of such scenario and sequence of events. Set in circa 2040 the story revolves around a war between a group of corporations fighting over territorial disputes, and eventually a prototype fighter known as the X-49 Night Raven (a fictional aircraft you can unlock in the game). During a period of financial chaos, the many governments of the world have eroded to nothing but corporatocracies. These corporations, not unlike the governments they control, have disputes often, and eventually a war is sparked.

I suggest getting your hands on the original Japanese version (provided you also have a translated script which you can find somewhere) as this one is a lot more story-oriented than the bogged down Euro-American version. It's supposed to be a 2 disc game with multiple endings but the latter has only one and one.
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The main lynchpin to the situation is the progressive automation of the workforce. Already automation has relieved workers of many tasks, most of them dangerous. Furthermore when it comes to the continuous repetetive tasks machines have human workers beat in speed, precision, and consistency. I don't think that anyone would doubt that automation was a boon to manufacturing just like no sane person would argue against heavy machinery being a good thing for construction. Surely for the time being as robotics are still developing big business can simply outsource, but what about when advanced robotics can be mass produced cheaply? Already I can imagine systems to fully automate even complex tasks like in resturants. So what happens when even service type jobs can be automated? What happens when half of the workforce is simply unneeded and unable to aquire work even when life depends on it? It might sound like science fiction but in reality it is probable that this can happen within the next 50 years at the most. Actually barring a nuclear holocaust or a fantastical 'end of the world' any serious warfare would even serve to enhance this and bring the automated future closer to us. There is little that can prevent this eventuality and there is little reason to doubt that this eventuality will occur.

So I can't help but wonder, what happens when we reach that time? Society will have to change in someway and that is where the Venus Project comes into this. It is the belief of both it's creators and myself, with history itself to support us, that if something is not society will repeat it's mistakes. There is a likely possibility that when we reach this time governments will be replaced with military dictatorships, the only means of survival for the people will be war. Countries will have nothing left but to war for resources, territory, and beliefs. It is the goal of this project however to infuse the idea of a different societal shift into the society today, one which would render such wars and even most crimes as moot.

The project suggests the removal of money and trade from society, instead adopting an idea of all resources being the mutual inheritance of everyone. Such ideas are not new, Native Americans were unfamiliar and even possibly offended by the Europeans ideas that they could lay claim to land and all of the resources on it. This is the same thought, everyone would be entitled to everything that exists natural and everything that can be made. If everyone's neccessities are fulfilled then there is no reason for them to work and if they do not need to work there is endless time for family, study, and the arts. The motivation of individuals would be the greater improvement of their own lives and as matter of course the lives of everyone one.

It may sound socialist but it's not quite right. The basic ideals of capitalism still exists but only manifested in a different form. Menial jobs would no longer be manhandled and so people will have the opportunity to pursue higher careers. Of course money is a big issue here. Where will they get the resources? Remember they're also entitled to the same resources that were otherwise barred from them. It wouldn't be a big deal if everything worked the way it should be under this project. The result would be a career of their own choosing and not a job that was dictated to them because of their socio-economic background.
Posted 3/28/09
That Will Never Happen,
Unless You Want WWIII To Start.
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Posted 3/29/09
wont work unless force is applied, but if it worked, ill join... tho im more interested in my Utopia than the venus project...
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Posted 3/31/09
Interestingly enough, the whole idea is limited by what people allows it to be. I've seen recurring messages like it won't work because of fill in the blank. True enough because you have chosen for it to be that way. We easily give up in seeking alternatives and possibilities.
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Posted 4/17/09
probably wouldn't work
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Posted 4/17/09
agreed, but its just a theory
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Posted 4/23/09
I borders to close to communism, to be a legitimate form of government.
Sorry, I'll keep and fight for the republic as my government.
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