An interview with Jacques Fresco, creator of the Venus Project.
Jacque Fresco is often asked about his dream for a society without ownership, crimes, taxes or health costs.
Can a resource-based economy maintain the incentives of our present monetary system?
The monetary system also breeds the incentive for corruption, graph and greed. A resource-based economy is not directed towards the shallow goals of wealth, property, and power. New incentives would encourage people toward different goals: Self-fulfillment and creativity, the elimination of scarcity, the protection of the environment and concern for other human beings. Today financial barriers place enormous limitations on innovation, development and individual creativity.
How will the project manifest itself?
The decision-making process would be based on social and national needs such as housing, medical care, recreation, nutrition, education, etc. Once the direction proposed by The Venus Project is accepted, a survey of what is available in technology, resources and personnel will be directed toward the building of the first experimental city to test the validity of these new social concepts.
How would crying be eliminated?
Criminal behavior is largely a byproduct of the culture in which we live. By the redesign and modification of the physical and social environment, and of our educational system, constructive patterns of behavior can evolve. The new environment would reinforce constructive human values and behavior and would surpass the need for prisons and the conditions that lead to interpersonal aggression.
Will everyone be the same?
For the first time in human history, with the advent of cybernetics and computer technology, we can plan a social environment worthy of humankind with an increase in knowledge directed toward the fulfillment of one’s personal life. The only uniformity that would result from a sane environment would be the curtsy from one human being to another. We consider the monitoring of individual behavior to be socially offensive and counter-productive.
What about freedom of religion?
The concepts presented by The Venus Project are in no way inconsistent with most of the religious teachings of the world. Perhaps the major difference is that we would like to stop just talking about it and translate these lofty principles into a physical and working reality.
What will the homes be like?
These free-form homes will be constructed of reinforced foam ceramic-like materials with a relatively thin outer shell. The exterior skin acts as a thermocouple which automatically maintains the desired internal temperature. They can be assembled in a few hours and our fireproof, resistant to hurricanes and heavy winds.