The Zeitgeist Movement
|Key people||Peter Joseph|
Joseph's films, which form the basis of The Zeitgeist Movement's ideas are critical of market capitalism and the price system in general. Joseph created a political movement according to The Daily Telegraph, that assumes future generations will view religious ideas as a misleading method of controlling society and embrace sustainable ecological concepts.
The name of the group comes from the German word Zeitgeist, meaning "spirit of the age" or "spirit of the time".
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) started the chain of events leading to the introduction of the movement later.At the end of the subsequent film, Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008), Joseph introduced the Zeitgeist Movement.The group described itself as the activist arm of The Venus Project, featured in Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011). In April 2011 the two groups ended their association with one reporter describing their contentions as an "apparent power struggle".
The group describes the current socioeconomic system as structurally corrupt and inefficient in the use of resources. The Zeitgeist Movement advocates transition from a global money-based economic system to a resource-based style economy of the type advocated by the Venus Project's Jacques Fresco.
The Zeitgeist Movement's ideas are presented through local and national chapters and online release of media. Zeitgeist holds an annual event, Z-Day, in March. Z-Day 2014 was held in Toronto, Ontario.
An article in The New York Times noted that Zeitgeist The Movie may be most famous for alleging that the attacks of Sept. 11 were an “inside job” 'perpetrated by a power-hungry government on its witless population', a point of view Mr. Joseph said he "moved away from" (as of 2009 in an interview).
According to a film critic for the Chicago Sun Times (Bill Stamets) Peter Joseph’s movie Zeitgeist Moving Forward takes an imaginative leap at the end of the movie when a dramatized scenario for peaceful revolt occurs: 'citizens of Earth see the light and toss all their cash into fires outside banks'. The review goes on to say that 'the first two “Zeitgeist” films [“Zeitgeist: The Movie” (2007) and “Zeitgeist: Addendum” (2008)] spawned a grass-roots movement'.
In Tablet Magazine, journalist Michelle Goldberg criticized Zeitgeist: The Movie as being "steeped in far-right, isolationist, and covertly anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," and called the Zeitgeist Movement "the world's first Internet-based cult, with members who parrot the party line with cheerful, rote fidelity." She went on to write that the film borrows from the work of Eustace Mullins, Lyndon LaRouche, and radio host Alex Jones, saying that Zeitgeist: The Movie portrays a cabal of international bankers purportedly ruling the world. In an interview with TheMarker, Joseph stated that while the film does mention bankers it does not seek to place blame on any individual or group of individuals. He argues they are merely a product of a socioeconomic system in need of change.
- "TZM – Mission Statement". Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- New world re-order: The Zeitgeist Movement spreads to Ventura County, Shane Cohn, VC Reporter (California), May 12, 2011
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/9337209/Forest-boy-inspired-by-Zeitgeist-movement.html Retrieved April-29-2014
- http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/57732/brave-new-world Retrieved June 9, 2012
- Bill Stamets (February 15, 2011). "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- http://orlandoweekly.com/news/the-view-from-venus-1.1217175?pgno=6 Retrieved May-18-2014
- "They’ve Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". New York Times. 2009-03-16.
- Bill Stamets: Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’. Chicago Sun Times, Feb 12, 2011.
- Ward, Charlotte; Voas, David (2011). "The Emergence of Conspirituality". Journal of Contemporary Religion 26 (1): 109. doi:10.1080/13537903.2011.539846. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Goldberg, Michelle (February 2, 2011). "Brave New World". Tablet Magazine. "The first Zeitgeist documentary borrowed from the work of Eustace Mullins, Lyndon LaRouche, and Alex Jones to rail against the cabal of international bankers that purportedly rules the world."
- Discussion of the Zeitgeist Movement with Peter Joseph on YouTube, TheMarkerTV (Israel), Jan. 19, 2012. Interview conducted in English, following a brief introduction to Joseph and the Movement in Hebrew.