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Monday, March 7, 2011

Zeitgeist Movement (The Venus Project)

The 2011 Zeitgeist movie 'Moving Forward' proffers a 'systems theory' for a totally monitored and controlled society (1:34:38).

It's not how I interpret a systems approach to our society and our planet. To me, a systems approach means understanding the fundamentals of our system (our human purpose and principle) and making changes to our judicial, economic, organisational and social structures to reflect these, while letting people in the system grow and choose freely, not monitoring and controlling every aspect.

Such a complete level of scientific monitoring and control, as suggested in the film, is crazy and scary, and frankly a communist-like* project that will likely not work. Or if it did succeed in its inhuman control, it would be a system for robots, not humans.

The film's participants deny the communist label and try and give it another name: the "Resource-Based Economy", which is (from the website), "an economic structure based exclusively on strategic resource management, as the starting point for all decisions."

The reduction of a naturally complex, adaptive system (which is what biological and human systems are) into a totally planned and simplified system through monitoring and control, is what they wish for in order to resolve the issues of resource distribution. This is a totally planned economy, whether it's called resource-based or communist.

I agree with some of the analysis of the issues in the film, but not with their final solution, which amounts to control by the intellectual, scientific elite and their machines.

It is a panic film, but that is not all a bad thing, as it encourages change, and change needs to occur (as always); however, its advocacy of a 'revolution' (even the hint at violent revolution) is a bit mad. We do need to transition (from limited fossil fuels and immense inequality) and make progress, and that needs advocacy (and protest), but I don't think their completely planned cities are for me (I prefer London).

Peter Joseph made the film. The Venus Project is from Jacque Fresco. Relevant links below:

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w)
The Venus Project (http://www.thevenusproject.com/)
Peter Joseph (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Joseph)

Ben Wallace
Author The Common Purpose Manifesto
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