If all the money in the world were destroyed, as long as we have sufficient arable land, the
factories, the necessary resources, and technical personnel, we could build anything and even
supply an abundance. During the Depression, there were vacuum cleaners in store windows
and automobiles in car lots. The Earth was still the same place. There was just no money in
people's wallets and very little purchasing power. At the beginning of World War II, the U.S.
had about 600 first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short-supply by turning
out over 90,000 planes per 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 or gold, but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available
resources and technical personnel that enabled the U.S. to achieve the production and
efficiency required to win the war.

It appears that the real wealth of any nation is in its natural resources and its people who are
working toward a more humane life-style through the elimination of scarcity. All social
systems, regardless of the political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social mores, ultimately
depend upon natural resources -- i.e. clean air and water and arable land area -- and the
industrial equipment and technical personnel for a high standard of living. The money- based
system was designed hundreds of years ago and was hardly appropriate for that time. We still
utilize this same outmoded system, which is probably responsible for most of today's problems.
I have no doubt that even the wealthiest person today would be far better off in the highenergy
society that The Venus Project proposes.

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