The End of History or Just the Beginning?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union many scholars have declared that the world has reached the end of its ideological debates and that there is no longer any viable alternatives  liberal democracies. No one has become more known for this argument than Francis Fukuyama who in the the summer of 1989 wrote an essay, published in The National Interest boldly titled The End of History. 

The triumph of the West, of the Western idea, is evident first of all in the total exhaustion of viable systematic¬† alternatives to Western liberalism….. What we my be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.

Since then many have opposed this view of “the end of history”, mainly proponents of communism, but it would appear that many more have accepted it. It is not uncommon to hear journalist, pundits, and politicians, when questioned on the state of the world, with all its problems, to answer by saying, “the system is not perfect but its the best that we’ve got”. Even the everyday common man, when posed with the same questions will simply through up his hands and say, “that’s just the way it it”. But is it really just the away it is? Looking upon the world with all of its poverty, disease, inequality and endless wars, is this really the best humanity can do? Have we actually reached the end of history? By no means. To say that we have reached the end of history is to break the number one law of the universe which is, the only constant in the world is change. It must be reiterated, nothing in the universe let alone the world stays the same forever. Humans have been wondering this earth for millions of years and have constantly evolved socially from hunter gatherer to agrarian societies, monarchies to representative democracy (Liberal Democracy). So with the understanding that nothing is forever, the question then becomes, what comes after Liberal Democracy. In the past, many throughout the world believed communism to be a viable alternative but history has shown that communism (as it has been historically practiced) does not work. But over the past few years a little known idea, introduced by Jacque Fresco, has been bubbling over the surface of the consciousness of the people which is slowly but surely beginning to take from and that idea is a Resource Based Economy. A resource based economy is an economy not based on the movement of money but rather the intelligent management of the earths resources through the utilization of current technological and scientific understandings.

Society is a technical invention and the most efficient methods of optimized human health, physical production, distribution, city infrastructure and the like reside in the field of science and technology, not politics or monetary economics. It operates in the same systematic way as, say and airplane and there is no republican or liberal way to build and airplane.

-Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist: Moving Forward)

The three short short videos at the bottom will help you understand the concepts and values of a resource based economy.

For more detailed information you can visit “The Venus Project” and “The Zeitgeist Movement

Don’t be afraid to learn something new.