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Jacque Fresco Quotes

Updated on February 6, 2011

1. "We talk about civilization as though it's a static state. There are no civilized people yet, it's a process that's constantly going on... As long as you have war, police, prisons, crime, you are in the early stages of civilization."

2. "At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war."

3. "I have no notions of a perfect society, I don't know what that means. I know we can do much better than what we've got, I'm no utopian, I'm not a humanist that would like to see everybody living in warmth and harmony: I know that if we don't live that way, we'll kill each other and destroy the Earth."

4. "War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is, there will be very little significant change. It's going to take the redesign of our culture and values."


In an interview:

Do you believe in God?

"No, of course not".

What do you believe?

"I believe if you want to live in a better world, you have to get off your ass and make it better".

- Jacque Fresco


Future By Design
Future By Design

"All the marvels and wonders of technology can amount to nothing unless it elevates humans to their highest potential, this is the aim of the future by design."


5. "Working with drug addicts, alcoholics, and so-called juvenile delinquents in New York City convinced me that instead of working with individuals, more effective methods would deal with the societal conditions that create dysfunctional behaviors in the first place."

6. "When I was about 13, one of my relatives stuck his hand into a metal fan while it was on. This led me to design a fan with rubber or fabric blades. I submitted the design to some companies, but they showed no interest. Shortly after that, the product came out on the market. This was my introduction to the market place."

7. "In my work I am not attempting to predict the future. I am only pointing out what is possible with the intelligent application and humane use of science and technology."

8. "In our society, we move people out of government. It's all operated by machines, meaning – not the people, just the products: the farming, the agriculture, the production – it's all machine-designed and programming. But it does not program or design people. People are free to live whatever lifestyle they want to. If they hurt other people, they're helped – they’re not put in prisons"

9. "I asked myself, 'How are you going to change all these people, they have different values, different customs, different language, different interpretations?' So that’s the time I joined the Ku Klux Klan in Miami. The reason I joined is to see if I could change them. So I dissolved that organization in a month-and-a-half, alone. [Applause] Then I joined the White Citizen Council. The WCC hates foreigners – all foreigners. So I joined that organization; I dissolved it in one month."

10. "If there's a group like Amish people, that want to live their own lifestyle – they don't want to live in our city – they want to live out in the country, with their own projects. We’ll put up the buildings for them, design the buildings for them, design the food production systems for them – if they want us to. But we don’t control them."

11. "The majority of the people of the world today are unsane, not insane, unsane meaning having been exposed to methods of evaluation that have long rendered obsolete, our language in the future will change to a saner language where we have no argument in it, 'can there be such a language?' there is, when engineers talk to each other, it's not subject to interpretation, they use math, they use descriptive systems, if I interpreted what another engineer said in the way I think he meant it: you couldn't build bridges, dams, power transmission lines. The language has to have meaning"

12. "The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture."

13. "The Venus Project is a concept that could happen today but it is not up to me, it depends on what others do to help bring it about."

14. "Instruction in academia did not emphasize what I thought of as essential points. I was interested in the broad range of interrelated connections within the physical sciences, but formal studies isolated each branch of science."I feel that I have advantages greater than Da Vinci’s such as access to more information, materials, and methods."

15. "I feel that I have advantages greater than Da Vinci’s such as access to more information, materials, and methods."


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      Blake Andrews 4 years ago

      Why is the Venus project impossible today? The only obstacle to it happening today you can see right here; stupid arguments and clashes of opinion. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, the Venus Project would improve your life to such a standard that you would think it barbaric and idiotic to go back to living as we do now. And whats with these people saying 'what if a boyfriend got jealous of his polygamist girlfriend' or 'what if I want to be religious in a community of atheists'? Do you not realize the extent to which these problems are happening in our society right now? Sure, misfortunes will still occur in the Venus Project (stop calling it a utopia) but they will occur in a much lesser extent. Here's an easy example; thousands of children die every day in the Tetse belt of Africa due to a disease called Sleeping Sickness. Theres a treatment that would save millions of lives every year, but unfortunately the main ingredient is much more PROFITABLE when used in face creams for aging women. So...millions of lives saved, childrens lives, if we started living this way. And thats one example. SO. Educate yourself about the Venus Project. If you don't think it's a good idea, well sorry but you're wrong. 100 years ago people thought flying was an absurd notion. Doesn't mean they were stupid. So educate yourself a little bit instead of slandering an idea that would guarantee that you won't have to depend on a pension when your 70 years old. You're harming yourself and everybody around you. Fortunately it can be reversed if you just join the cause.

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      Jon 5 years ago

      Hoo-ray for the inevitable - EVOLUTION, brought on by the free flow of information, which is the most valuable thing on the planet. Hoo-ray for all of you. Rise up above the 50,000 ft view you're now debating over and see the world from a mile up in 5,000 years. But remember, even the internet is controlled to some degree by those who wish to retain their wealth and power. Jacque is a genius indeed - he recognizes the flaws and the impossibility of the Venus project today - that's why he's simply trying to get everyone to talk about it, to wake the F-up, to understand that it's sane to treat the root cause and insane to treat the symptom - in nearly every situation. Prisons don't "correct" people - they make the more dangerous. Money doesn't make the world happy - it creates huge gaps of self esteem, education, egomaniacal, materialistic, nonsense that does little to further humanity. It will take a lot of pain and a few hundred years for people to realize it though - and that's why he's a genius way beyond his time. Utopia in my opinion, will probably not entirely ever exist - man requires highs and lows, competition and reward, scarcity and abundance, challenges, pain and pleasure, etc - we are after all, animals at our core. But we're something more. Something obvious and yet overlooked - we're products of our family, clan, tribe, group, religion, cult, country, environment. Programmed to believe vehemently in what makes us feel secure - no change.

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      Aldo the Albanian 5 years ago

      I met Jaqcue Fresco in person afew months ago in the Venus Project. As I enterd the venus project, at first, he was not there. He and Rox were comming back from somewhere. As soon as saw him I felt a different view of world. of course I had red about the venus project and jacques interviews on youtube, but meeting him in person put me on a complitely different feeling. As we met, we walked up in some of his projects. It was an amazing adventure that i am sure that his project will belong to a future comming soon.Rox told me that I was the only one person to be given a full tour of venus project by Jaqcue.Usually there would be groups of 20s and 300s of people all at once. I smiled and as Jacque says It was a previlage, I said the same. So far I havent felt such spiritual people like Jaqcue Fresco. The concept of Venus Project must be kept alive at all times.

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      Ted 5 years ago

      At 22 years old I have lived in 2 different countries, 6 different state and countless cities. I attended 11 schools before graduating H.S and have attended 4 different colleges. I played football at 2 colleges and grew up low to middle class.I was a military brat. At 17 joined the military but injuries kept me from doing my term. After experiencing everything from the the lowest parts of any society to the 1% the occupy movement protests against. I have transgressed social lines of all shapes and sizes. The rich have problems the poor have problems. Each class has its own problems. But the one thing that we all share is a busted system and diminishing world. If things do not change we are all F'ed. Regardless of spirituality or class we will soon all be equals in a much more negative way. Fresco's concept is great in my opinion. Drastic things do need to be changed. But some things should stay. The biggest factor I believe that should be implemented is self sufficiency of food and energy.

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      Jason 5 years ago

      Great views here, good to see other takes on the subject. For me though, I feel as though a lot of people are really selfish. This is what it comes down to if you break it down. The millions of people, many of them children, can carry on dying of hunger every year. I might get bored in the future and someone might get violent at some point. I know what I would choose. Maybe we should think more of the benefits of the changes to the planet other than our own selfish needs. Sorry if this sounds awful but this is a sick planet with sick people and in the words of Jacque Fresco, "this shit has to go!".

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      Jay 5 years ago

      My idol, hero, and inspiration to make a better future for my son. His middle name is Huxley after Aldous Huxley. Yes it is going to be a brave new world if we do not make serious changes. I will be educating my son on what it takes to be a man of action like Mr. Fresco. Thank you sir!

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      White Flare 6 years ago


      The episode with the squid was showing him stuck in an unchanging scenario. He did the same thing day after day, never left the complex, and never did anything new. If you had the chance to do anything in the world you would have many more options. Say I wanted to backpack across Europe, well theres years of my life. When I'm done or bored of backpacking I go to the beach and learn to surf. After I get good and have chased the best waves over the course of a few years I decide I want to do something more intellectual, so I go to school to learn and become a researcher, and spend years inventing and creating.

      What I'm getting at is it may seem that you would get bored when you think of it in small terms but this is world wide freedom. There's more in this world then what we know and the adventure begins when we take a step outside of our norm.

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      Robert1289 6 years ago

      I think some people are forgetting that TVP is only at this point a concept, an idea. Jacque clearly states that these designs and ideas are exactly that, merely conceptual because the future is so unpredictable. This is merely just his interpretation of how the future "could" look. In many aspects of his teachings, I'd say theres a majority of us who would agree with ideologies of society and social behavior. In the other basket, there are some ideas that are questionable. Point being is that you cant please everybody, there's too many different views and opinions to accomodate everyone.

      To the religious people, by all means have your faith and you are entitled to keep it, but as someone stated above..that spirituality is ones own interpretation with God, therefore, you dont need a place of worship to believe and give praise or whatever it is church people do.

      Me personally on the other hand am more of a scientific person. I believe what can be seen or what can be proven, and like Jacque said (and i questioned this about religion myself) is that there has always been several different beliefs in God, who's God is right? Who's God (or Gods) are the real one/ones? If there is only one God say by Christian belief, should all other religions be burned in an eternal hell for believing in a different one? I, like Jacque, think that religion was created to bring order to chaos, to put fear in the hearts of man that there is something greater than themselves. A life after this that is either damned for eternity in fire and pain, or peaceful and full of clouds and light and music and whatever. They say that God has created man in his own image..but who's ever seen a picture of God? We've seen what Jesus may have looked like, but certainly not God. And someone else made a comment about corruption? There has never been an institution in the history of man more corrupt than the church. How many wars have been started by the church or over religion? How many lives have been lost at the churches command? That is why religion should be an individuals own belief and not as a mass and i think thats why Jacque has excluded from TVP. Religion has never been proven to be real, but again they are peoples own interpretations of their belief and what they think a God/God's is/are.

      Monogomy/polygomy. To the comment about the jealous boyfriend killing the new one. In TVP, obviously this project is not a possibility anytime soon, because the whole idea about this project is to bring everything in harmony with balance of nature. Let the laws of nature rule the land under a civilized culture. If you remember about what Jacque said about civilization (scroll to top if you forgot), that in a civilized culture, there would be no need for police as there would be no crime. If humanity was truly civilized, the jealous boyfriend would not have to commit murder because there would be reason for him to. The girlfriend/wife would humanely commit herself to her relationship. This "big buff sports guy" wouldnt even be considered a threat in this type of society. This only exists in today's society, why? because humanity is NOT civilized. Some of you are forgetting the ideology of a civilized world.

      Now like I said, I do question some of aspects of TVP, especially Nene said above about this being a boring society. With todays current population, theres hardly enough jobs for everyone. If machines do all of our dirty work that Jacque expresses, what exactly are people suppose to do with so much free time? Where is the strive for something new and exciting? What threw me off about TVP, is that he talked about the movie Metropolis where he saw society being a regime like repitition lifestyle. To me, it would seem that all of these city like features would be repititous and life itself would be the same everyday. I think a tweak or two is needed here to create excitement and give people something to strive for like today. Today we strive for jobs to make money to feed our families and enjoy life when we can. With everything being at our fingertips when we want it, I see this as a type of greed that we see today.

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      Er_Nene 6 years ago

      @ Sara

      1 thing that always bothered me was for "non-believers" to use

      words suck as (hell, heavens sake, Jesus Christ!) or when in trouble or during intercourse use (oh God!), Its kind of disrespectful, honestly.

      As for the sports subject Jacque specifies that the only sports available would be "non-competitive" so that leaves us with which sport? Hmm...

      If I'm not mistaken the definition of sport is "competition between 2 or more parties" unless one is biking by themselves or with friends as fitness development. But even then I'm sure there will be a point where they share a race. Hence competition. Idk.

      I'm all with the ideology of the VP, but I honestly think that if "man/woman labor" was no longer needed, then where would be the joy in traveling, sporting, etc be... if we have all them things readily available, I think it would get pretty boring after a while.

      Not to be to infantile but there was this one spongebob episode where the squid (can remember his name) goes to live in a resort I guess with everybody that's just like him. He has everything available to him. 1st day he can't believe it. About a week later his face starts to droop. A month into it he looks like he's about to snap.

      What I'm getting to is for me personally, without pain there's no joy, without work there's no pay (and I'm not talking financially), with no competition there's no thrill. It would be a very dull life to me.

      No one should have the right to fight, but fight for your right.

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      Rossko 6 years ago

      @JJ - science isn't bigotry. Science is gathering evidence to come to the 'best known' conclusion. Most scientists will admit that they may very well be 'proven' wrong one day.

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      gtjhuang 6 years ago

      Regarding sexual monogomy vs polygomy, again it will have to start from education. The currenly culture emphasizes possession. Love object is a possession than a relationship. The encouraged emotional response of love feeling with the possessive frame work, monogomy is the only way to make things work for most people. But if people are educated differently, then the monogomy feeling is no longer that strong, and therefore a polygomy relationship may establish. People will then no longer need to secretly having an affair but should be open to both sides before a third person comes into the play.

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      6 years ago

      @uzdawi. I was thinking of that same scenario. Jacque speaks of scarcity as the root cause for violence, greed,..., societal ills and I agree with him. I've conducted social experiments (using my imagination only) and see that with abundance goes competition, vanity, greed, envy, etc. However, there aren't an abundance of women. Our sexual relationships would have to be more casual. Society would have to accept each of us having more than one sexual relationship. This concept of monogamy would not be functional because it's limiting. I suppose I am not ready for TVP because the idea of having multiple casual partnerships with many many people in a lifetime is uncomfortable. We'll have to alter how we view sex and relationships altogether.

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      from_the_bleachers 6 years ago

      The Venus Project is a platform, it's a model. If and when it come down to developing it, as in any other project, things might be added, scrapped or modified.. But it does lay out the foundation on which to build up a different, more prosperous, equal and humane society.. So stop whining about what the Venus Project would include or not include..

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      Steve 6 years ago

      Do you know what Marxism is? Not that I'm promoting it, but at least I know what it is, and the VP is not Marxism. Or Communism.

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      JJ 6 years ago

      Sounds a lot like marxism to me, Good luck with that. I especially enjoy the bigotry that comes from those "scientific folk"

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      Matt 6 years ago

      What would be done with a murderer in TVP? To start with, with the majority of social and behavioural problems eradicated, as well as a completely different, nurturing upbringing where we would likely develop better coping mechanisms, I would expect murder would happen very infrequently, when it does, there will experts to help, both the grieved and perpetrator. People are free to practice whatever religion or spirituality they wish, this is one of the points of TVP, to develop all aspects of humanity, art, culture, science, technology, philosophy, psychology, engineering, exploration...... The list goes on but there will be an explosion of all these areas as people will actually be able to work and study things they are passionate about.

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      Dominique  6 years ago

      When I visited the Venus project last month, Jacque said the only sports that will exist are ones without competition. So no football, basketball, etc.

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      zoyelque 6 years ago

      @Uzdawy,Dude in that case since the venus proyect have cameras they will put him apart,but not in Jail,another place where he or she can stay and adapt,hopefully in a rational society there will be less insanity.Science will have the last word.

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      lol 6 years ago

      Shut up, Mark. There is no place for spirituality in a rational society.

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      Dominic 6 years ago

      Sara, for you to say "believing in god is bullshit" is just as ignorant as saying "not believing in god is bullshit". I by no means am a religious man, but god is just a word, call it whatever you want, existence, consciousness, cosmic entity, higher power etc. The fact that this instance is happening right now is proof in itself that something more mystical than matter is around us at all moments. One is all, and all is one.

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      sunchild28 6 years ago from Nigeria

      I agree with you, man is the architect of his fortune.

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      Uzdawi 6 years ago

      Thank you for commenting hameidinger.

      I really appreciate your comment Sara, though I´m an atheist as well(though don´t like the word "atheist"), I think people, who aren´t religulous should be a bit more tolerant against religion, may seem dumm think to say, but if atheists don´t respect the religulous people, they will never respect atheists as well.

      Back to the Venus Project, I have a another question, what about emotions?Humans are emotional beings, and we sometimes act on our emotions, don´t we?So what if, a boy and a girl are dating, let´s say they are in their puberty.The girl breaks up with the boy, when something "better"(better looking, good at sports something like that) atleast on her opinion comes along.Let´s say that the boy whom she broke up with is a very emotional kid, and he kills his girlfriend´s new boyfriend.So now what, with no court system, with no police, now what happens in The Venus Project?Or does The Venus Project theoreticaly have some solution for the root cause of this problem at the very beginning.

      To be honest, I´m not a fan of the Venus Project, and think that it is an utopia, but an interesting one.

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      hameidinger 6 years ago

      Good information,

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      Sara 6 years ago


      If you had seen Zeitheist 3 you would see that there is a place for recreation in the Venus project. Or do you mean, what about sports as in todays corrupted "sports"? Sorry, no room for that.

      And Mark...what do you mean spirituality? Are you thinking of God? Nobody can forbid you to have your own beliefs. You don't need an institution for that.

      But, I have to express my opinion-believing in god is horseshit. But I don't mean by it that you shouldn't believe in it. Think whatever the hell you want.

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      Uzdawi 6 years ago

      Thank you for answering my question erionmema!

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      erionmema 6 years ago

      what do you mean what about sports ???

      sports of today are the most corrupt of all time.

      if you are interested in sports there would be probably gyms and fields to play all sports in witch everybody is interested ..... as for teams and nation wide competition that is only for entertainment in todays life... do you think you'll be so connected to watching sports if you were to live in the venus project.!! I personaly would first travel the world since would be free and blog about the beauties I saw or something like this. every perspective of todays life would change!!

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      Uzdawi 6 years ago

      Mark, good question!

      I actually have a question as well.

      What about sports in the Venus Project?

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      Mark 6 years ago

      Where is the place for spirituality in the Venus Project???

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      nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Jacque Fresco is right, we need a total redesign of our culture, manipulation must be replaced by education, competition by cooperation. Thanks for sharing!