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The Best That Money Can't Buy is the ultimate synchronicity of spirituality, science, technology AND the environment to create a better world for everyone. Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern, offering a standard of living far beyond anything ever imagined in the past. It is a new vision of The Best That Money Can't Buy is the ultimate synchronicity of spirituality, science, technology AND the environment to create a better world for everyone. Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern, offering a standard of living far beyond anything ever imagined in the past. It is a new vision of hope for the future of humankind in this technological age. This book is accompanied by 72 color photos of Fresco's original and imaginative designs from sustainable cities on land and in the sea to clean efficient energy systems, which help one visualize the fulfilling lifestyle of this attainable future. This book presents an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system before. It offers a possible way out of our recurring cycles of boom and recession, famine, poverty, a declining environment, and territorial conflicts where peace is merely the interval between wars. It outlines an attainable, humane social design of the near future were human rights are not longer paper proclamations but a way of life. The Best That Money Can't Buy is a challenge to all people to work toward a society in which all of the world's resources become the common heritage of all of the earth's people.


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The Best That Money Can't Buy is the ultimate synchronicity of spirituality, science, technology AND the environment to create a better world for everyone. Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern, offering a standard of living far beyond anything ever imagined in the past. It is a new vision of The Best That Money Can't Buy is the ultimate synchronicity of spirituality, science, technology AND the environment to create a better world for everyone. Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern, offering a standard of living far beyond anything ever imagined in the past. It is a new vision of hope for the future of humankind in this technological age. This book is accompanied by 72 color photos of Fresco's original and imaginative designs from sustainable cities on land and in the sea to clean efficient energy systems, which help one visualize the fulfilling lifestyle of this attainable future. This book presents an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system before. It offers a possible way out of our recurring cycles of boom and recession, famine, poverty, a declining environment, and territorial conflicts where peace is merely the interval between wars. It outlines an attainable, humane social design of the near future were human rights are not longer paper proclamations but a way of life. The Best That Money Can't Buy is a challenge to all people to work toward a society in which all of the world's resources become the common heritage of all of the earth's people.

30 review for The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Love the ideology, and very interested in the Venus Project. This book however gets 3 stars because: 1. It doesn't reference any other books, scientific papers etc. which makes it hard to know the validity of his claims. 2. Jacque Fresco's theory still feels like it has some holes and areas of problems, or base assumptions which I am not sure are realisitic. 3. We are missing models, empirical treatment and scientific methods as part of his methodology. I want to see charts, tables, experimental exa Love the ideology, and very interested in the Venus Project. This book however gets 3 stars because: 1. It doesn't reference any other books, scientific papers etc. which makes it hard to know the validity of his claims. 2. Jacque Fresco's theory still feels like it has some holes and areas of problems, or base assumptions which I am not sure are realisitic. 3. We are missing models, empirical treatment and scientific methods as part of his methodology. I want to see charts, tables, experimental examples and references to factual evidence that support his wide and extensive claims. 4. There is an unclear mixture between what is possible today; and what might be possible tomorrow. This is apparent most greatly in his view of technology. I believe the book would be much stronger, and more relevant, if it divided itself into two parts: I) Focuses on what is possible today, given current production, renewable energy sources, technological capabilities etc. II) Focuses on where we can go as the systems improve [technological improvements, socio-educational improvements etc) My main questions as of now are: 1. Where is the evidence that supports the high-levels of under used renewable energy? 2. How will unavoidable scarcity be addressed? 3. How can the system be fully transparent if individuals are not monitored [due to privacy considerations)? 4. How will non-renewable materials be used, and how do we determine the level of production/standard of living? 5. How will the direction of innovation [evolution] be determined? A pure heterachy removes current holarchy; and seems naive. Put in non-Ken Wilber terminology: to assume that humans will no longer form natural hierarchical structures is to deny an inherent human characteristic. Personally I feel the focus should be on removing the conditions for negative-hierarchy, but not to destroy it. Please contact me for further insight, or watch 'zeitgeist 2 addendum' on google video for more information.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sivert Grenersen

    An important book. I would like to start a local team for The Venus Project in my hometown.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tosh

    i saw Jacques Fresco's documentary Future By Design and felt it was imperative that i explore this concept of a new society with a deeper and vigilant eye. Cant wait to sell my TV for this book! i saw Jacques Fresco's documentary Future By Design and felt it was imperative that i explore this concept of a new society with a deeper and vigilant eye. Cant wait to sell my TV for this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    The principles in this book may well be what's needed for the human race to survive. History shows us that established institutions and the current economic model ultimately create scarcity. And depravity, corruption, greed, crime etc. are not the core problems, they are symptoms. With the track record humanity has so far, a redesign of obsolete institutions, structures and traditions makes sense. Ideas can become obsolete, just as my computer already is. Is the Venus Project the ultimate answer The principles in this book may well be what's needed for the human race to survive. History shows us that established institutions and the current economic model ultimately create scarcity. And depravity, corruption, greed, crime etc. are not the core problems, they are symptoms. With the track record humanity has so far, a redesign of obsolete institutions, structures and traditions makes sense. Ideas can become obsolete, just as my computer already is. Is the Venus Project the ultimate answer? It doesn’t claim to be, but we would be well served to start talking about likely outcomes and possibilities vs clinging to our traditions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh Tewell

    A "must-read" for anyone concerned with the future of our planet, and with the long-term survivability and stability of our species; as well as those concerned with learning about our relationship to, and dependency on the entirety of life on Earth... Science education and literacy needs to be taught early on, unhindered, and made freely-available for all (without a price-tag) -- and we will see major improvements in our society, at-large, within just a few generations. Jacque Fresco for preside A "must-read" for anyone concerned with the future of our planet, and with the long-term survivability and stability of our species; as well as those concerned with learning about our relationship to, and dependency on the entirety of life on Earth... Science education and literacy needs to be taught early on, unhindered, and made freely-available for all (without a price-tag) -- and we will see major improvements in our society, at-large, within just a few generations. Jacque Fresco for president, you ask? No; he's too well-informed and technically-minded for that nonsense...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber Lea

    I'm a bit disappointed because I expected this book to get more specific and clarify Jacque's vision well enough that I'd be able to thoroughly explain it to other people. Unfortunately, I find I'm still left with some unanswered questions. I also found it repetitive, especially as someone who's already somewhat familiar with the venus project. But that being said, I think Jacque is brilliant, I like his ideas, and I thought this book was a worthwhile read. I'm a bit disappointed because I expected this book to get more specific and clarify Jacque's vision well enough that I'd be able to thoroughly explain it to other people. Unfortunately, I find I'm still left with some unanswered questions. I also found it repetitive, especially as someone who's already somewhat familiar with the venus project. But that being said, I think Jacque is brilliant, I like his ideas, and I thought this book was a worthwhile read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sukhneet Singh Virk

    Powerful book that will help you re-examine assumptions we all make about how society is structured etc. The first half discusses problems with our current systems and modes of thinking, while providing better alternatives. The second half delves into what a possible solution would look like (including technology, etc.). I want to read this one again and again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John J Koch

    This book is far from perfect, and many of Fresco's ideas are outmoded or highly improbable. But that being said I have yet to find a more interesting vision of the future. This book is far from perfect, and many of Fresco's ideas are outmoded or highly improbable. But that being said I have yet to find a more interesting vision of the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcellino Jonas

    Brilliant writing and inspiring images. The book is concise and insightful about Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows' impressive planning for a positive collective future for humanity & Earth. In "Future Shock" Future Shock futurist Alvin Toffler spoke about creating "enclaves of the future." I think that's part of what their Venus Project wants to achieve. Their work gives one hope by illustrating constructive possibilities made available by technology that is sadly misused. With Fresco being more Brilliant writing and inspiring images. The book is concise and insightful about Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows' impressive planning for a positive collective future for humanity & Earth. In "Future Shock" Future Shock futurist Alvin Toffler spoke about creating "enclaves of the future." I think that's part of what their Venus Project wants to achieve. Their work gives one hope by illustrating constructive possibilities made available by technology that is sadly misused. With Fresco being more than a hundred years old, having survived both World Wars, gives him important insight into technological abuse & the value of human life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Peterson

    This book and the subsequent research that I dove into changed my life. Take the time to inform yourself about an alternative socioeconomic model and a different way of doing things on a global scale. We have to begin having these conversations more openly. 2016 and we rarely entertain anything outside of capitalism and business as usual. Read this and share it and continue researching alternative paths forward. Google will help, they have a strong online presence and there's tons of additional This book and the subsequent research that I dove into changed my life. Take the time to inform yourself about an alternative socioeconomic model and a different way of doing things on a global scale. We have to begin having these conversations more openly. 2016 and we rarely entertain anything outside of capitalism and business as usual. Read this and share it and continue researching alternative paths forward. Google will help, they have a strong online presence and there's tons of additional books, resources and videos.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yuriy Chulovskyy

    I really like Fresco. But it's better to listen to his interviews, watch movies and so on than reading this book. May be I expected too much, may be such books becomes obsolete very soon... I don't know, but I found just a one interesting subject about education and children. Everything else was obvious or better covered by his interviews. I really like Fresco. But it's better to listen to his interviews, watch movies and so on than reading this book. May be I expected too much, may be such books becomes obsolete very soon... I don't know, but I found just a one interesting subject about education and children. Everything else was obvious or better covered by his interviews.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Romualds Grīnvalds

    Crazy (utopian) stuff.

  13. 4 out of 5

    mm

    I hate to shit on someone's dream, but Fresco is living in his own fantasy world. Its cute, inspiring, & charming to start with, then you realize he's just a bitter old man blaming others for his shortcomings. I hate to shit on someone's dream, but Fresco is living in his own fantasy world. Its cute, inspiring, & charming to start with, then you realize he's just a bitter old man blaming others for his shortcomings.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Y

    The first half of the book is ideology and the second half the implementation. I enjoyed reading the first half.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pieter

    Really enjoyed the first half which focused on the flaws of society, and what he would prefer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maja Dezulovic

    The Venus Project is a brilliant concept proposed by Jacque Fresco. Anyone interested in the current state of affairs in our world and the future should read this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Blake Williford

    Jacque Fresco was ahead of his time but his thinking should be revisited every now and then. We do need to eventually move towards a socioeconomic system like he describes. I think the more people are aware of it the more we can begin to choose policies that push us more towards this. As some of the other reviews point out - He does not cite any references and the book reads a little more stream of consciousness rather than truly scholarly work. That said, I still have to give it 5 stars because Jacque Fresco was ahead of his time but his thinking should be revisited every now and then. We do need to eventually move towards a socioeconomic system like he describes. I think the more people are aware of it the more we can begin to choose policies that push us more towards this. As some of the other reviews point out - He does not cite any references and the book reads a little more stream of consciousness rather than truly scholarly work. That said, I still have to give it 5 stars because it's so full of inventive and imaginative ideas that need to be heard. I was fortunate to have met Jacque in person before he passed away and have a signed copy of this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Javier Ruiz

    Giving this one 4/5 mainly because so much of his writing seems like conjecture, albeit very interesting ideas. Seems like a relevant time to read a book like this, however, and with renewable energy fast becoming a key demand in our world, Jacque Fresco's ideas for the future may be closer than we expect. As he says, "the only thing that hold us back is the limitations we put on ourselves." Bravo, sir. Giving this one 4/5 mainly because so much of his writing seems like conjecture, albeit very interesting ideas. Seems like a relevant time to read a book like this, however, and with renewable energy fast becoming a key demand in our world, Jacque Fresco's ideas for the future may be closer than we expect. As he says, "the only thing that hold us back is the limitations we put on ourselves." Bravo, sir.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I am a keen supporter of Jacque Fresco's vision and would really love for the Venus Project to come through. He was a real Visionary and he will be missed. However, much as I loved listening to Jacque talk with his usual dedication, I didn't particularly enjoy this book; it was written in rather uninteresting 'schoolbook' language and fashion and simply did not make a great read. I am a keen supporter of Jacque Fresco's vision and would really love for the Venus Project to come through. He was a real Visionary and he will be missed. However, much as I loved listening to Jacque talk with his usual dedication, I didn't particularly enjoy this book; it was written in rather uninteresting 'schoolbook' language and fashion and simply did not make a great read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paulo Silva

    An excellent book showing us how the level 1 of Kardashev’s scale can be, how soon it can be, and how relevant is our participation to make it happen. It’s indeed a book that everyone in the world should read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    A book which literally could show us how to solve all the problems we have on planet Earth. Just too bad this group still eats meat and therefore is part of the same indoctrinated populous that’s killing the planet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Kotsiuba

    Theory is one thing, application is entirely another. I've gotta stop taking book recommendations from my man. Theory is one thing, application is entirely another. I've gotta stop taking book recommendations from my man.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Max Stepaniuk

    A dreamer, engineer, jack-of-all-trades. Book seems science fiction, but offers nice picture of possible better world. Book lacks description of ways to achieve the future, but still pretty great.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Noah McClintock

    I do quite like Fresco and his ideas, but he's not the best writer. Watching one of his documentaries or some of his interviews is more fulfilling. I do quite like Fresco and his ideas, but he's not the best writer. Watching one of his documentaries or some of his interviews is more fulfilling.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Quae Frei

    Life altering book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karri

    Mr. Frescos' views and ideas are solid, and likely very possible to put into practice. Well, some are and some likely in the future. But he fails to provide almost any sources. Yeah, sounds cool that nanotechnology will solve most of our problems and that automatic cars can possibly levitate on non-slippery road in the future. Yeah, almost everything is possible. I still want those sources, otherwise half of the book can be summarized as 'everything is doable always, the end'. The book starts out Mr. Frescos' views and ideas are solid, and likely very possible to put into practice. Well, some are and some likely in the future. But he fails to provide almost any sources. Yeah, sounds cool that nanotechnology will solve most of our problems and that automatic cars can possibly levitate on non-slippery road in the future. Yeah, almost everything is possible. I still want those sources, otherwise half of the book can be summarized as 'everything is doable always, the end'. The book starts out interestingly, where Fresco outlines his views, although the text is often repetitive (or maybe that's how it seems to a Zeitgeist Movement follower, since I know all this stuff already) and full of cute anecdotes, yet almost zero data or sourced data. The other half is Fresco diving into a fantasy world, which would seem less of a utopia (which I'm sure it isn't, but still) with more scientific information. I have to say the second part was a frustrating read. But I also know that's how Mr. Fresco likes to present himself in interviews too; annoyed about the current situation, providing endless anecdotes with passion and almost zero technical and practical information. Maybe that is his way of attracting the average person, but I find it rather uninteresting and empty talk, I'm afraid.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Masad

    The ideology part is as brilliant as ever, which is not a surprise from a man such as Jacques. But I feel that the entire thing lacks realism, and features too much idealism and "utopia" in his designs. Another bad thing would be that the book doesn't reference any other scientific papers and such, as well as the design work lacks lots of scientific data, I wanted to see more of the designs than just a brief explanation, I wanted to see experiments, their results put in charts and tables, etc.. The ideology part is as brilliant as ever, which is not a surprise from a man such as Jacques. But I feel that the entire thing lacks realism, and features too much idealism and "utopia" in his designs. Another bad thing would be that the book doesn't reference any other scientific papers and such, as well as the design work lacks lots of scientific data, I wanted to see more of the designs than just a brief explanation, I wanted to see experiments, their results put in charts and tables, etc..

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    It's hard to believe that there are people out there who haven't heard of the Venus Project, but unfortunately most people haven't and this book is a great visual introduction, although YouTube is full of video and lectures. I love the Venus Project, it seemed so radical in 2008 when I found out about it. Now it almost doesn't seem radical enough. This is the direction of thought progressives of the world should embrace. It's hard to believe that there are people out there who haven't heard of the Venus Project, but unfortunately most people haven't and this book is a great visual introduction, although YouTube is full of video and lectures. I love the Venus Project, it seemed so radical in 2008 when I found out about it. Now it almost doesn't seem radical enough. This is the direction of thought progressives of the world should embrace.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Prasanth Vp

    I read this book to know how the cybernated controlling system works. i support venus project, i dont think it will happen in my life time. world would not be the same in next 40-50 years. so we need to wait to see what going to happen. the way i think a robotic economy controlled by elites is going to replace the monetary system. economy trend says so.. well its a good book...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rinaldo

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