FAQ




How will abolishing scarcity solve all these global challenges?

A. In order to understand this, let’s take a look at a resource that is abundant: Oxygen. We do not hear of any crimes committed due to lack of oxygen. No one tries to steal oxygen, or to kill each other because they want more oxygen, or cheat another off their supply of oxygen. Neither does anyone complain to people with many children for using up too much oxygen. No jealousy arises out of it, no one tries to store/hoard it for themselves, and no one ever fears that it might run out. Why? Simply, because it is abundant. If we closely examine the challenges we face today and try to zero in on a root-cause, we will inevitably find scarcity. By removing scarcity, we remove the need for crime, corruption, war, servitude, insecurity, and the monetary system itself.

How will RBE bring abundance?

A. The features of an RBE would be:
  1. No Money or Market System
  2. Automation of Labor
  3. Technological Unification of Earth via "Systems" Approach.
  4. Access over Property.
  5. Self-Contained/Localized City and Production Systems.
  6. Science as the Methodology for Governance
Please refer to this link for a detailed explanation of these features.

If there is no price tag and everything is free, won’t people use up more resources and waste them?

A. Again, no one takes deeper breaths because oxygen is free. No one eats twice if the food is free. Applying this paradigm to everything else, we learn that if we know our needs will always be met, we would never feel the need to over-consume. Our current monetary system over-uses resources and produces insane amounts of waste. For a company to make profit continuously, it has to design its products to break down easily, in order for it to continue to sell more products. This kind of system is inherently opposed, by default, to efficiency, durability and abundance. In RBE, resources would be used intelligently and logically, so as to completely eliminate the need for any waste.

If there’s no money, what incentive will people have?

A The same incentive that Einstein had to invent. The same incentive that Picasso had to paint. The same incentive that a 4-year old has, in the free exploration of his/her world. Even adults, today, post all kinds of innovative ideas and inventions on the internet, for free. They have no other incentive except the desire to innovate, to be creative, and to share a good thing. Human ingenuity, creativity, innovation and expertise are the real incentives. As a species, our incentives were never money, power or property. They became so, in a monetary system that propagates scarcity, servitude, and the need for struggling to survive. In RBE, humans are free to develop their capabilities and contribute to society, for the good of all people.

Some items will still be rare: how will there be abundance of those resources?

A. A lot of the scarcity we know of today is perceived or planned scarcity, which corporations portray in order to increase prices. for instance, oceans are virtually untapped and are huge reservoirs of minerals which have been washed down by rivers over billions of years. Mining them responsibly will clean up the oceans, and at the same time provide resources for us to use. This is why the movement recognizes the importance of cataloging all the earth’s natural resources in a global survey. In RBE, all resources, common or rare, will be constantly monitored and utilized based on the carrying capacity of the Earth. Further, products that require non-renewable resources would be systematically phased out and replaced with more renewable counterparts.

How long will this take? Will I see it in my lifetime?

A. It is already happening. People all over the world are growing their own food, living in environment-friendly houses, giving up personal vehicles for cycling and walking, building eco-villages, developing internal currency systems, working on gift economy models, seeking alternative education, walking out of their corporate jobs, volunteering for their communities, dismantling governments, auditing their bankers, and bringing about all kinds of new, positive, sustainable change. It is important to know that The Zeitgeist Movement is not about building cities or protesting in the streets. It is more about a train of thought. It advocates global sustainability, and considering the world as one family, attempts to truly understand our social problems while finding holistic, logical solutions for them.

What are the steps for this to be implemented?

A. Being a grassroots movement on a global scale, the most obvious step is awareness. The movement recognizes that the inherent flaws in the current paradigm stem from a highly misinformed and distracted public, controlled by mechanisms that depend on corruption at the core, be they financial, industrial or governmental. People tend to see each social problem independently, without realizing the interconnectedness of the causes of them all. The movement's foremost task is to educate people about the root cause of all our problems, while involving them in direct or indirect positive action to be part of an self-integrating, ever-evolving solution.

What about government? Who will make decisions if there are no borders?

A. In a resource based economy, decisions are not taken; they are arrived at, based on the scientific laws of nature itself. This system uses logic and reason to first gauge the need for a decision, and then consider its impacts on all aspects of life, environment and society, resulting in a far more holistic approach than the current socioeconomic paradigm allows.

Why not just get some honest people in politics instead of a cybernated government?

A. The role of politics is not one of problem-solving. It is merely to rule people through policies and budgets that undermine both the scientific method and human concern. Such socioeconomic structures are completely irrelevant to true human well-being. Electing an honest person to power will simply replace one symptom of a corrupt system with another. The real solution would be to replace the entire system itself, with one that works to realize the full potential of all people.

How will we deal with crime or indecent human behaviour?

A In RBE, crime would be obsolete. No one is born with hatred, corruption or evil – these aberrant values are ingrained into and derived from a misguided society. By the removal of such values through holistic education and ethical practices, crimes will be automatically decreased, and eventually eliminated entirely. The rare exceptions that do occur would be treated as subjects of social study, wherein medical and psychological research would be employed to help cure the root of the person’s problem, not its symptoms.

How can we allow machines to run our lives?

A. Every machine in human history has been invented to aid humans. (A washing machine cleaning your clothes can only help you. It is not a threat to you, nor is it running your life.) It is only within the profit-driven structures of corporations and industries that machines are actually used to replace humans, leaving them jobless and hence resource-less. In fact, the very irony of our current situation is that we allow money to run our lives to indescribable extents, yet insist on living under the illusion of freedom while fearing change of any kind, no matter how crucial.
 

How can we completely abolish human labor? That doesn’t seem possible.

A. Technology has always been abolishing human labor, whether we are aware of it or not. Today we have the technology to build skyscrapers in a matter of days, fully automated car-manufacturing workshops, and even machines that make rotis and dosas. Most of our manufacturing processes and a large part of the service sector are already highly automated. In RBE, the only human labour required is of an assisting or supervising capacity, while advanced technology is used to perform required physical and societal functions.

Who is funding the project?

A. The movement recognizes that any monetary interaction corrupts the very cause we're working for. It does not intend to become another "donation" movement, and would rather utilize people's time and energy, instead of their money. In India, as in the rest of the world, the project is self-funded, i.e. run by volunteers. There are no paid employees within the movement, so the movement does not require any funds to exist, per se. In addition, individual events and projects that do require some funds are the sole responsibility of the activists in charge of the project. They may choose to ask for contributions from within the movement, or charge a nominal participation fee, only to cover actual costs. No profit is ever made via any activity of the movement.

To read the Global/US chapter's answer to this question, please visit this link.

Why will the powerful politicians and corporations let this happen? Won’t they stop this movement?

A. Powerful politicians and corporates are also people. The Zeitgeist Movement explicitly recognizes this fact, and adopts an all-inclusive approach that aims to shatter this perceived line of distinction between "us" and "them". It is not the aim of the movement to bring down any power structure or government. Rather, we intend to introduce an evolved train of thought into the bio-psycho-social stream that considers all people victims of the same outdated social system, while attempting to educate and empower them to co-create a more equitable, sensible and sustainable system that works equally well for everyone.