How is the Venus project financed

In the moneyless city of the future, where all resources belong to everyone

What is the root of all the evils in the world? The US NGO The Venus Project believes it has found the main culprit in our monetary system. "We do not have enough money to meet the needs of all people around the world. But we have enough resources for everyone, if we manage them wisely," says the organization's website. After all, at the end of the day people didn't need money, they needed access to vital resources. So away with the money.

It is about a more humane world, better health for all and the protection of the environment, and not about the accumulation of money, property and power. So much for utopia. But how is this supposed to happen?

Admittedly, the exact implementation steps for the Venus project are still largely hidden, even decades after it was founded. In any case, the vision is intended to encourage people to dream and question the current situation - to show that things could possibly be different. And so ideas are born lively: a universal language that leaves as little room for interpretation as possible. No reduction to the essentials, but a reduction to the best, in other words: You don't need 200 different pots, PCs or drinking water bottles, but everyone should get the best pot or PC in each case. The colonization of the sea and space while at the same time respecting nature must be part of the program anyway.

The basic structure of the new model, a new stage of human evolution, would be the "resource-based economy" - a concept by the visionary Jacque Fresco, who died in 2017 at the age of 101. His work was shaped throughout his life by the severe economic crisis in the 1920s. It was also he who wanted to say goodbye to this idea for the first time since the introduction of money as a means of exchange and payment. Taxes and property are to be abolished at the same time.

What's wrong

The status quo simply no longer works. "Climate change, social injustice and technological progress are blowing up market-driven society," is the pessimistic vision of the US visionaries. We take resources from the cycle that we do not give back. We pollute water, earth and air for relative cost advantages. We create artificial shortages that would not be necessary just to be successful in the market.

The management of states, people and goods is generally dysfunctional and only contributes to the polarization of humanity. Overall, the needs of people and the environment are too complex to be controlled by political decisions. One would therefore rather listen to algorithms and machines, but above all to science, says CEO Roxanne Meadows of the Venus Project. The robots should do the work and unlock people wherever possible.

However, our economic system is holding back the technical progress that would make this a reality. If significant developments were to be driven independently of their economic profitability, at the end of the day humanity would have more and not fewer resources at its disposal. This in turn could decisively suppress greed and corruption or even eliminate it, so the idea - one day war as a whole - so the wish. Many economists, of course, see it completely differently.

But why should the "next step in human evolution" take place in the 85,000 square meter research area in Venus, Florida? Comparisons with a communist or socialist revolution are rejected in the Venus project.

Model cities

It is neither about a violent revolution nor a pure redistribution of monetary resources - one wants to see that system replaced. And through an "accompanied evolution" instead of an abrupt revolution. At the beginning of this evolution one wants to lead by example. A model city should show that it works - differently and better. When and whether this will ever be built, who will finance all of this, and which state would be willing to give the city a free hand is completely unclear.

Nevertheless, there are approximate plans. In prototype cities arranged in a circle, all hypotheses - from waste-free nutrition to the one hundred percent switch to renewable energies or decision-making using algorithms - are to be checked for their robustness. That would be crucial especially in the climate crisis. What turns out to be true should be retained and transferred to other test cities. Anything that doesn't work is pailed. As soon as some model cities work, the slow global evolution will follow.

This would have to be preceded by a complete redesign of the cities. The main focus of the conversion would be on transport, distribution, infrastructure and recycling - of course, automated processes would also deserve a lot of attention in this ideal scenario.

Another goal is to provide comprehensive offers and education on contraception in order to regulate the population. Environmental impact assessments would be mandatory. Fresco's utopia was not ripe for the 21st century. Perhaps his ideas will survive until the 22nd (Fabian Sommavilla, October 31, 2020)