The view from Venus
Jacque Fresco designed a society without politics, poverty and war. Will it ever leave the drawing board?
Published: October 13, 2011
This missing link was evident to one of his old friends, physics professor Paul Hewitt, when he came to visit Fresco in Venus in 1999. Hewitt, author of the wildly popular Conceptual Physics textbook (which is now in its eleventh edition), credits all of his teaching successes to Fresco. “I have never met a man who could teach as well as Jacque,” Hewitt says. It’s for that reason he was disappointed to find, upon arriving at the property of the Venus Project, that no students were there to absorb Fresco’s teachings as he had done nearly half a century earlier. “It was like making the best pie in the world, [but] no children come to get a piece of it,” Hewitt says.
Among the steep obstacles that his organization faces, one of them is convincing the 193 countries composing the United Nations, as well as the world’s most powerful corporations, to abolish themselves and give up all of their assets for the common good. “What I talked to him about over and over and over and over again, and never got a clear answer – and never have gotten a clear answer – is: How do we get there from here?” Gazecki says. “He doesn’t know.”
But Gazecki adds that this is not a fault of Fresco’s, but rather, that of himself and other admirers for expecting a satisfying answer to such an impossibly difficult question. “We can’t turn people like him into sort of a Jesus figure,” Gazecki says. “That’s not what he is. He’s a guy with a bunch of ideas that make sense. … This whole notion of looking to Jacque for more answers than he’s already provided – I think it’s bullshit. He’s done his job. It’s time for the people that appreciate what he does to take it to the next step themselves.”
Fresco seems to agree. “There are no final frontiers,” he says. “Even the city I designed will be a straitjacket to the kids of the future. They’ll design their own cities. If you make a statue of Fresco, you hold things back.”
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