In order to understand where we are and how we have gotten to this point in history, we need to address those societal attributes which have greatly effected our social conduct. The most important observation of this regard is our use of a monetary system. In this section we are going to address the mechanisms of our world monetary system, pointing out the consequences this type of organizational structure has produced.
A monetary system’s foremost motivating principle is profit, or more generally income. All people must seek out a strategy to acquire more money. A wage earner seeks out the best possible pay he can get for his services, while the employer seeks to constantly reduce costs in order to maximize their profit. This competitive mentality extends into all facets of society and it should be no surprise that those who are in positions of great wealth are often the most ruthless and indifferent.
The pursuit of profit almost always comes before human concern. And a simple glance at the cancer causing preservatives in our foods, the planned obsolescence of nearly everything manufactured, along with a healthcare industry that charges $300 for a single antibiotic pill will indicate that the profit incentive is actually a detriment.
We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not yet have heard the name, but of which they will hear a great deal in the years to come – namely, technological
unemployment. This means unemployment due to our discovery of means of economizing the use of labor outrunning the pace at which we can find new use of labor. John M. Keynes
Energy is the cornerstone of society today. It is one of the most critical factors to all social functionality. The age of oil and fossil fuels along with all the resulting pollution is coming to a close. There is no reason to burn fossil fuels at all anymore, other than the profit oriented vested interest that keeps new clean energy prospects at bay. Remember, the last thing the energy industry wants is abundance for that translates into a loss of profit in the monetary system.
A resource based economy utilized existing resources rather than commerce. All goods and services are available without the use of currency, credit, barter or any other form of debt or servitude. The aim of this new social design is to free humanity from the repetitive, mundane, and arbitrary occupational roles which hold no true relevance to social development while encouraging a new incentive system that is focused on self-fulfillment, education,social awareness and creativity as opposed to the shallow and self centered goals of wealth, property and power which are dominant today. The Venus Project recognizes that the Earth is abundant with resources. And that our outdated methods of rationing resources through monetary control are no longer relevant. In fact they are very counter productive to our survival.