Zeitgeist: the characteristic spirit or mood of a particular period of history.
– Oxford American Dictionary
The Zeitgeist movie series is an excellent primer if you are beginning to question today’s dominant paradigms. If you are not familiar with the topics discussed by these movies, they will probably upset you – but do yourself a service: allow yourself to be disturbed, and keep watching until the end. The truth shall indeed make ye fret, but it will also make you free.
Also remember that although these movies explore some valid questions, they do not necessarily convey “the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Never take anything at face value: just because something is presented in a movie, a book, or on the Internet – and especially in the mainstream media – does not mean it is the truth. Question everything that is presented to you as “the” truth, and if something does not feel quite right, investigate it or leave it aside for now.
About The Movies
The Zeitgeist movies were created and produced by Peter Joseph between 2007 and 2011. Zeitgeist: The Movie eventually started a chain of events leading to the formation of the Zeitgeist Movement, which advocates transition from the existing money-based economic system to a “post-scarcity”, or resource-based, global economy. The movement promotes technocracy, a concept advanced by other organizations such as The Venus Project (which is discussed in the movies) and Technocracy Inc., a “research and educational” organization formed in 1933 as an outgrowth of the Technical Alliance.
Wikipedia – A Word Of Caution
I recommend extreme caution if you use Wikipedia’s article to build an opinion about the movies before watching them. Wikipedia is one of my main go-to sources for basic information about many subjects, but I find this article to be particularly biased and ill-informed about the points of view conveyed by these movies – and anything that challenges mainstream preconceptions for that matter. Wikipedia is very found of branding the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” on anything that challenges the accepted truths.
■ Henri Thibodeau
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
The first segment of the film centers on the historicity of Jesus Christ and expounds the idea that the Christ figure can be found under various guise in a number of ancient religions. The movie also explores unanswered questions surrounding the September 2001 attacks, as well as the power of international bankers in manipulating world events.
The producers have developed a Companion Guide to the movie which can be downloaded for free in PDF format.
Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
The movie opens and ends with excerpts from a speech by Jiddu Krishnamurti. The film is narrated by Peter Joseph and divided into four parts: Part One discusses the monetary system in the United States, which is based on a fractional reserve banking system as illustrated in the book, “Modern Money Mechanics“. Part Two contains a shocking interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Part Three introduces Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project, and it asserts that the world needs to move away from current socioeconomic paradigms. The final statement of the film is a call to boycott the most powerful banks in the Federal Reserve System.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
The film begins with an animated sequence narrated by Jacque Fresco. He describes his adolescent life, his discontinuation of public education at the age of 14, and his early life influences. Robert Sapolsky sums up his opinion of the nature vs. nurture debate, which he refers to as a “false dichotomy.” Disease, criminal activity and addictions are also discussed. In part two, the precepts developed by John Locke and Adam Smith are discussed with regard to modern economics. In Two Treatises of Government, John Locke laid out what have become the fundamental principles of private ownership of land, labor and capital. In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith coined the term “invisible hand”, a metaphor he used to describe unintended social benefits resulting from individual actions.