A documentary to introduce the aims and proposals of the Venus Project.

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Featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, this presentation advocates a new socio-economic system that is updated to present-day knowledge, which he calls a Resource-Based Economy. This documentary details the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system. It also details the need to outgrow today's dated and inefficient methods of politics, law, business, or any other "establishment" notions of human affairs, and to instead use the methods of science, combined with high technology, to provide for the needs of all the world's people. It is not based on the opinions of the political and financial elite or on illusionary so-called democracies, but on maintaining a dynamic equilibrium with the planet that could ultimately provide abundance for all people. Paradise or Oblivion, by The Venus Project, introduces the viewer to a more appropriate value system ...

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Jacque Fresco: Today we have highly advanced technologies, but our economic and social system has not kept up with our technological capabilities, which could otherwise easily create a world of abundance for all people, free of servitude and debt.
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Documentary or Science Fiction?
2 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To my mind this is pure science fiction without a plot or characters. Lots of nice computer graphics and narration, but completely visionary futurist projection with no practical application presented. In other words, there is no plan offered as to how to get there from here, which is the absolutely crucial part.

The narrator keeps saying "this will" happen and "that will" happen, but how? Where does the funding come from? How do you get people to all agree on the details? The reason we are approaching oblivion as a species is that, for some strange reason, we can't agree on things. Go figure.

And besides, I believe our problem as a civilization is that we believe technology is the answer when in reality it is the main reason we are in trouble. Our only hope is to downsize and simplify.


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