In the past, many social reformers and those called “agitators” by their detractors were not generally angry, maladjusted individuals. They were often people with a sensitivity and concern for the needs of others who envisioned a better life for all. Among these were abolitionists, advocates for women’s suffrage and child labor laws, those who practiced nonviolent resistance to oppression, and the so-called freedom fighters.
Today, we accept without question the achievements of these reformers who faced violent opposition, imprisonment, ridicule, and even death from vested interests and the established order. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the identities of those individuals who helped pave the way toward social enlightenment.
Many of our parks have statues of warriors and statesman, but few have any monuments to the great social innovators. Perhaps when the history of the human race is finally written, it will be from the viewpoint of individuals in an alien and primitive culture who sought change in a world that had great tenacity to maintain things as they were.
Conformity in a population makes control of society much easier for its leaders. Our leaders pay lip service to the freedoms that democracy provides, while actually supporting an economic structure that imprisons its citizens under more and more debt. They claim that all have the opportunity to rise to the top through individual initiative and incentive. In many instances, to appease those who work hard but do not achieve the good life, religion assures them that if not in this life, they will obtain it in the next.
It is sad that an average citizen is not insulted when categorized as a consumer, as if a person’s only worth to society is as a user of goods. But in order to keep our social structures going we must continuously buy products. These patterns are gradually being modified and challenged by the Internet.
Jacque Fresco’s background includes industrial design, social engineering, author, and forerunner in Human Factors. He has designed and invented in various fields: biomedical, aeronautical, automotive, architectural and the motion picture industry.
The Venus Project reflects the culmination of his life’s work. It is global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. It has chapters all over the world and one of its supporters was familiar with StreetWise; she felt Mr. Fresco and the magazine would be
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