I hadn't heard of the Venus project, interesting. We may have evolved at the bottom of a gravity well and most people can't imagine not living on a planet but there's a lot of space in space. A ring of habitats circling the sun at the same distance as the Earth would be able to contain trillions of people, all within two hours communications distance of each other. The technology to do that exists right now.
Thinking bigger, we actually move out into interstellar space.
The thing is, this should be exciting even to the people hung up on trade and profit and greed, there's so much money to be made out there (which is why they've started the asteroid mining project) but most can't wrap their minds around it, it doesn't compute.
Why would you steal if you could have whatever you wanted anyway, and after a while, having what ever you wanted would become pointless too. What stops most people being able to see this is that they can't really imagine life beyond their own lifetime.
Steven Baxter though, his books changed the way I see life, he gave me a longer term, larger perspective and his fiction is proper cutting edge stuff including all the latest theories in physics. Really mind blowing stories. IMO.
Have you noticed how the people to whom concepts like privacy are so important have dropped out of this conversation? As far as their concerned, we're in La La land right now, despite me being right about the asteroid mining thing.