Jacque Fresco – Conscription of War Industries, Social Protest


What are they fighting for?
If the war sells munitions, submarines yet you take the lives
of American soldiers and put them up
to defend the US. Are they defending the US or are they defending
the social institutions the war factories,
the war industries? Do you see what I mean? Merely marching in front of the
Stock Market or Stock Exchange is only part of this system. The public pays taxes.
They support the police the Army, the war
weapons, everything. The very rich pay
very little taxes yet they control the police and the National
Guard and the Army. It’s the public that pays
the police’s salary. I am told they arrested… – 700 – By now, you say 700.
Well, that’s interesting but remember the public
pays their salary. They don’t know who they
hell they’re serving. When they serve Wall
Street that means the money people really control
the country, not the public. 80% of the people say they are not satisfied with
the government’s decisions. If you walk in front of the
Stock Exchange, and you say that these people are corrupt,
the whole system is corrupt! You have to point
out these things. They want to cut
Medicare for the poor. “What do you suggest as an alternative?
Let them die?” Bring that up! “What do you suggest?” The guy that says “We don’t want
to give people free medical care.” “What do you want them to do?
Die? Yes or No?” They can’t answer that so pin them down when they say “We love this country.
Our boys are out there fighting giving up their lives
for the country.” “Don’t you think we ought to
take the profit out of war also just like the guys don’t make
money fighting over there?” They get minimum wage fighting. When you figure out
the cost of war all the aircraft carriers, all the
airplanes, all the cities destroyed and all the nations wiped out it’s cheaper to take that money and build new cities all over
the world, helping people to understand the benefits
of technology and knowledge. The whole country is
involved in exploitation. If you are a dentist, you make money
on me if I need a root canal. If you dent your automobile,
somebody makes money straightening out the fenders.
Everything is profitable and we want that changed. We want the world to
concern itself with people and taking care of the environment.
It’s the greatest gift we have: the trees, top soil, oceans where ships, luxury liners, empty
their bilge into the ocean. That means the oil and all the
stuff; they pump it into the ocean. The oceans are the
toilets of the world. All big hotels pump their fecal
matter out into the oceans. So what do you expect from that? Do you expect the dolphins to
live on [with] healthy lives? They can’t. If you use genetic manipulation
without a long-term study of the effects of it, you
are going to hurt people. It’s the system, not Wall Street.
The system produces all that. Therefore, we offer an alternative
system and this is what it is: to declare the Earth the common
heritage of all the world’s people. For those of you
that are religious God didn’t make the Earth for
the Greeks or the Polocks of the Jews or the French. He made it for all the
people of the world. Use religion, use it that way. You can find that in the Bible
“Love your enemy” it says. It says “Thou shall not
kill” in all Bibles and yet people don’t
seem to follow that so apparently they don’t
understand what they are reading. They believe in honesty
and good and fair-play. Where did we get this land?
We stole it from the Indians. Women who disagreed were burned as
witches in Salem, Massachusetts. The Ku Klux Klan in America
had 3 million members. If you don’t bring that
up, that’s a problem. The problem is that freedom and individual opinions
can become dangerous. I asked many people years
ago whether they thought man will ever get to the Moon.
They said “not in a thousand years.” I said “Do you know anything
about rockets?” No. “Do you know anything
about space travel?” No. Well how do you formulate that? How come we give everybody a
right to their own opinion? Why don’t you give them
access to information? Essentially, you have
to educate people teach them about the system, how
it works, where it’s offensive. If a man commits a crime say he steals a watch worth $200 it’s his third offense, he
goes to jail for 7 years. It’s cheaper to give him a watch
than feed him for 7 years and take care of his
medical problems and hotel, his food. Putting a man in jail is
cruel beyond description. It’s confining a human,
taking away his life putting him there for 10 years,
some 20 years, some life in prison. The judge has no idea
what he’s doing. He doesn’t know the condition
that shaped that value system. If he knew where
that man came from if he knew the conditioning
of that man, he’d say “It’s not his fault.
He was brought up to hate and kill and murder.” It seems that all people
that kill and murder are really enacting the way
movies (all our cowboy pictures) [They] never sit down to discuss anything.
They shoot people. [They] have their two guns.
They shoot people. The Indians were fighting for
their land; we stole it from them but we shoot Indians, and we show
the guys in the covered wagons … What the hell, are you taking
their land away from [them]? Why don’t you ask them whether we can
settle down here? They said “No.” We didn’t ask them. We took it and we drove the Indians
into the desert region. They’re still looking
for justice. The Indians aren’t going to get
justice because they have no power. If they get an Indian
in the Congress if he doesn’t conform to the
views of the Congressmen they’ll move him out.
Do you understand? Now, as long as sports
exist: racing cars football, baseball,
they act as detractors. They detract people
from the real issues. They don’t even know what
the real issues are. The real issues are to take
care of this God-given Earth if you’re talking to them,
to take care of nature. God put the trees here
to give us oxygen. We give out carbon dioxide;
the trees use that. Use religion, whatever,
wherever they’re at. Talk to them.
Say it’s not going to change anything if you march in front of Wall Street,
but if you talk to other people and get a sufficient
amount of people organized to demand the Venus Project. When 80% of the people don’t
trust their government anymore (what the Republicans
say about the Democrats or the Democrats say
about the Republicans) they just don’t feel comfortable,
and they don’t know what else to do so they would like to (like
the Arabs) change the culture but what do you change it to?
They don’t know. If they succeed in
changing the culture it’ll revert back
to the old values unless you teach them about
the new value system. Then they say “Well, they’ve tried
that for years and it never worked.” Who tried it? When did they try it?
Pin them down. “Well, I don’t know…” Say “I’m not interested in your
opinion, I want facts!” OK? And they’ll try to detract you. They’ll say “It will kill incentive.
” “Have you ever tried it?” “No, Russia has.” “Well, Russia
didn’t have the resources we have and they didn’t steal the
land; it was their land.” Russia had men pulling boats
along the Volga River. Did you know that?
They had no power system. Life was so miserable for
the majority of people they took to an ideal that if the people owned the
means of production they wouldn’t hurt each other so they tried this social
experiment and they failed because they didn’t know how
precisely to carry it out to attain what they wanted. If the socialists got into power they’d be concerned
about the working man. If automation came up they’d say “No,
we have to have people working,” and other nations
will pass us by surpass us, because
they put in automation. When you get new machines that
work everything in the factory (let’s say you’ve got 3,000
people working in it) [but] now you got 1500, and
machines are assembling cars. You have to point out that
if new machines come in you’ll get the workers
together and say: “Instead of working 8 hours,
you now work 4 hours a day and instead of getting
a week off every year you get 2 months off with your
family,” and they’d get paid. That’s what the machines
do, but if machines cause you to lose your job,
you’re going to hate machines. Machines, when
used intelligently if they turn out 50 times
more than a man can turn out industry will use machines.
They don’t give a shit about people. They don’t care whether they lay
off 400 people, 500 or 3000 if they make more
money doing it. The Japanese are presently
working on human faces. They’re not quite good enough. When you get human faces on
television to sell toothpaste it works for about
15 cents an hour. Eventually, instead of having
people selling goods on TV you’ll have a face: sweet
old lady, excellent face but today, their heads
turn like this. They don’t turn naturally.
When the Japanese finally get there everybody can be displaced,
including doctors, lawyers. If you don’t understand that,
the more sophisticated say “Well, a scientist can’t
be displaced, he can think.” No, a scientist is given
every word in school that gravity is a force
that shows itself by electrical, magnetic
and chemical effect. Every word that they
use is pumped in. If you made a computer,
an architectural computer you can say to it
“I want a home” and it’ll say “What kind of home?
” It has to say that and you’ll say “I’m not sure” because you’re not of
student of architecture. Different homes will
appear and rotate and you say finally
“No not, that one!” Then you’d say to the computer “I’d like to see the floor plan”
and it understands language. If you don’t understand that, there
are machines that can type the speech that understand language,
so just like the architect you say ”I’d like to see the floor
plan,” and the roof lifts off or a blueprint is
presented to you. You begin to design
integrated systems. Do you know what that means?
That they take in the whole factor and instead of selling an
air-conditioner to every home we pipe air-conditioned
air all around and you absorb what you want.
You turn it on and off. That’s much cheaper than
selling an air-conditioner or a lawn mower to 5000 houses. The lawn mower people
would love to do that to sell a lawn mower
to each house. Instead of that you have
4 or 5 giant lawn mowers that take care of the whole area.
Do you understand that? They say “Do we have
enough resources?” We don’t, using it the
way it’s used today: a lawn mower, an air-conditioner
hanging out of every window. That’s not a way to do things. You have a thousand farms
growing the same thing. You have farms, large
farms, industrial farms without genetic engineering, unless
it’s been tested for many years to make sure there’s
no negative effects. The system I’m talking about
doesn’t profit anyone to lie. Everybody has access to books,
school, free of charge and there’s no taxation.
If you don’t like that system “What are you, an atheist?” You approach religious
people that way “This is what God wants.
It’s called the brotherhood of man.” This doesn’t differ from
any religious teaching. It really doesn’t, so if
you’re with normal people if they say “Will you come
to the Presbytarian church and give a presentation?
” do it in that guise. If you go to a bunch of
humanists that are atheists you don’t need to use religion. You can just point out
the shortcomings. I think I told you about
the girl that came with me with a whip and
handcuffs and she says “I’d like to be whipped and
handcuffed to the bed.” She was a Catholic and
couldn’t think of having sex without force, and
it’s not her fault. She always dreamt of guys holding
her down and making love to her and that was legitimate to her. Whenever she thought of ‘gee’,
having sex, that was sinful. Is she bad? No.
Is she wrong? No. She was brought up under
different circumstances. It takes a long while
to learn that. It’s much easier to
get mad at people. When you get mad at them,
you feel relieved. In the future when you understand
that’s where they’re coming from you don’t get mad.

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