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10/29/2013 5:18:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Hi there, friends! Ho there!

Just curious to find out how many of you are aware of The Venus Project and what your thoughts on said project are.

For those that don't know: #t=18
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10/29/2013 9:26:23 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I was hoping that they would assert some solutions, instead of just ignorantly complaining about the problems of today. states:

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.

We don't allow farmers to produce at full capacity, because if they do produce at full capacity, that creates an excess of supply, at a given demand, which causes the prices to drop so low that farmers fail to gain a profit.

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.

No... the super-wealthy aren't affected very much by recessions. The general populace, which does account for a significant part of the economy (if it didn't, then the wealthy would just bail us out) is benefited by money.

Earth is abundant with plentiful resources; today our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

Survival isn't much of a term nowadays. We don't need to try to survive, because of how our technological development has allowed us to live without the need of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, or subsistence farming.

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.

To which it is, but implementing such things to work in tandem with what already exists is tedious and time-consuming.

To better understand the meaning of a resource-based economy consider this: if all the money in the world were destroyed, as long as topsoil, factories, and other resources were left intact, we could build anything we choose to build and fulfill any human need.

Um... no. Just as people designate their land as private, so too will people in this Venereal world decide that they want to build something in one place, because of the resource abundance, and other people who are also aware of the resources available in that area will want to fight the original prospector for it. Welcome to war.

It is not money that people need; rather, it is free access to the necessities of life. In a resource-based economy , money would be irrelevant. All that would be required are the resources and the manufacturing and distribution of the products.

I love the concept of Star Trek, I really do, but it probably won't work. First off, it is a monumental, if not practically impossible task to give EVERYONE free access to the necessities of life. While it can be done on a basic level (hunter-gatherer), creating a world whereby they have an abundance of such resources is asking way too much.

When education and resources are made available to all people without a price tag, there would be no limit to the human potential.

Not when ethics and morality come in to play. Ultra-right has shown that as long as there are morals/ethics, human potential is limited.
"Morals are simply a limit to man's potential."~Myself

Political correctness is like saying you can't have a steak, because a baby can't eat one ~Unknown