As The Venus Project (TVP) and The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) pick up steam following the release of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, the third documentary of the Zeitgeist film collection, the number of supporters and detractors or debunkers, for whom the movement is either new and scary, or a wing of the New World Order (NWO), grows. The fear, criticism and hatred towards the project will be explained and used to reintroduce its concept.
1) A resource based economy (RBE) and the mechanization of labor is communism all over again and people will lose their freedom.
To briefly explain a RBE, for all the planet’s people to have access to all the necessities of life, humanity must declare all the earth’s resources as the common heritage of the world’s people and apply the scientific method to society. By doing so, it would be possible to determine where all the natural resources are on the planet, what is available and in what quantity, in order to determine what the carrying capacity of the earth is in terms of people.
People fear how this would be conducted. The survey of the world’s resources and their monitoring can be automated and be conducted by machines. Today, arable land and farming is conducted by farmers, privately, who care for their small parcel of land. They tend to a very small portion of the world’s food. However, they know the proportion of arable land they own and how much food can be produced on it. The problem is obvious, how do farmers from all over the world get together to determine how much food they can produce and how many people they can feed. Well, they don’t. They are in the business of producing food for profit and personal gain. This concept can be generalized to corporations as well. A survey of the arable land by placing sensors in the earth to determine moisture, the concentration of minerals, and so forth, would allow for the cultivation of crops in the best conditions and the knowledge of how many people can be fed.
In contrast, a communist would go about this very differently. Communism has social stratification, politicians, police and army. Someone who opposes the establishment is removed from the establishment. The objective is ultimately for the State to provide goods and services for the citizens. How can one country do this alone? Can one country have access to or develop enough technology to create abundance for all its citizens? Does one country have all the natural resources necessary to support its population? No. Therefore, a communist society must live in scarcity and fear to keep control over the population. This is the reason why the first step is to remove all divisions between nations, religions, beliefs and dogmas through education. A RBE does not have politicians or police or army, because there is no need for them. Once goods are provided in abundance, private property dissolves, social stratification dissolves, and most importantly, poverty and the need to steal disappear.
Another popular issue is the loss of freedom by automation and robots. Do people today have a say in how the seams of their t-shirts are sown? Do people with pacemakers implanted in their hearts want a say or have an opinion on how the machine will make their heart beat or at how many beats per minute it will beat? Robots conduct more and more surgeries requiring extreme precision today. In fact, machines are everywhere and produce automatically most of the things we consume. So the fear is really about how sane will the expert programming your pacemaker be, not the fact that a human being is doing so. The technology to automate road vehicles has been developed for some time now. People should be much more afraid of a car that has a human driving it then a robot. Robots don’t drink alcohol, they don’t take drugs and they don’t get tired. They execute. 24 hours a day cars, clothing, goods are being produced automatically by machines who don’t give a damn about how many hours they worked or whether they were allowed to take their 15 minute coffee break that afternoon. Robots and other technologies developed for automobile safety today have the potential to save over a million lives and many devastating accidents every year.
2) Human nature is competitive; it’s what drives innovation.
Human nature and genetics is a topic many people have very little knowledge about, but insist they are entitled to their opinions. The human mind has no opinions; it is comprised of accumulated knowledge and experience. Should every person be entitled to whether or not it is possible to create life out of the smallest molecules that comprise a cell like assembling building blocks? No, they should not, because they have no knowledge about how life comes about and how a living organism functions. The burning question is not really is the human being naturally competitive and self-centered, but if human nature exists. If the human being is naturally a certain way, how is it that he once lived in a cave and now lives in a skyscraper? Human beings are the assembly of the smallest common denominator that composes them (atoms); the rest is the environment. If you force a child to live in the backyard with a family of dogs when the child is learning to speak or to move around, the child will walk on all fours and bark like a dog. If there is a so-called human nature, it is the ability to learn from the environment.
Competition today is based on incentive. People want to innovate to make money. They say gee that’s a good idea, but it won’t make money. How can wanting to make more money than your competitor help you turn out the best product or innovation possible? It can’t and it is actually inversely proportional to the quality of the product due to cost efficiency and the obligatory obsolescence of the product for cyclical consumption. Now, does the pressure or the need to innovate through incentive motivate human beings? Yes it does, but most of the most important innovations and the most important discoveries were made without monetary incentive. So is monetary incentive necessary for innovation? No it is not. Will human beings become couch potatoes once you take away their incentive and give them the necessities of life? No. Sources of motivation and curiosity are also part of the environment in which a child is brought up in and those are the things a child must value once they reach adulthood, not monetarism.
3) The supporters of TVP do nothing to solve problems and should get off their asses to help people today.
TVP is a model designed by Jacque Fresco, based on the knowledge and experience he has accumulated throughout his life. It is not the perfect system. In fact, the perfect system is called a utopia. In 100 years, people will look back at TVP and say what a weird system, they could have done things this or that way. TVP is not static, it is the scientific method applied to living, it is responsive to technology and evolves with it. As new innovations arise they will be incorporated into the system as to benefit all people as long as the resources permit. Innovation would not be stifled by corporate or political agendas, a lack of money (which is strangely called lack of resources today), etc.
The way people help people in need today, and for many many centuries, is either through charity, donations or humanitarian work. These are patchwork solutions to problems. The problems that third world countries have are not landmines, wars, genocides, and lack of hospitals or schools. Although those are symptoms, solving them one by one is not possible, as demonstrated by our efforts in the past. The Zeitgeist movement looks for the root cause of these symptoms. It does not prescribe medicine but it determines why a patient is sick. The system in which we live in creates social stratification. For there to be a rich person, there must necessarily be a poor person, or many poor people. Seeking monetary safety in the West is like creating poverty somewhere in the world. The two classes cannot exist without one another.
TZM and TVP do not seek to help 100 or 1000 people by building a hospital in Sudan or a school for all the children of Kenya, although that is a great and charitable thing to do for those people. There are over 2 billion people to build schools, hospitals, sustainable agriculture and energy systems, potable water sources, and the rest for. That is the objective of TZM and TVP. It is therefore impossible for them to be associated with the NWO because there is no leader, no dictator, or individual who could benefit from abundance, except for the masses.
For more information, the websites of the projects are easy to find on google and informative videos are available to be critiqued on youtube.