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The Zeitgeist Movement
TZM logo.png
Abbreviation TZM
Formation 2008
Type Advocacy group
Region served
Key people
Peter Joseph

The Zeitgeist Movement was founded in 2008 by Peter Joseph and advocates a transformation of society and its economic system.


The Zeitgeist Movement was formed in 2008[1] by Peter Joseph shortly after the late 2008 release of Zeitgeist: Addendum, the second film in the 'Zeitgeist' film series.[2][3][4] In its first year the group described itself as "the activist arm of the Venus Project.[5] In April 2011, the two groups separated over disagreements in goals and objectives.[3]



The group has chapters world wide.[2][6][7][8][9]


The group holds two annual events, Z-Day and the Zeitgeist Media Festival.[11]

Z-Day is an educational forum held in March. The first Z-Day took place in Manhattan in 2009 with a sold out crowd of 900 and included lectures from Peter Joseph and Jacque Fresco. Local chapters have also held events on the same day.[7][12][13]

Zeitgeist Media Festival is an annual artivist event beginning in 2011. The 3rd of which took place on August 4, 2013 at the historical Avalon Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles, California.[14]


The group advocates transformation of the economic system to a global "resource-based economy," a system similar to what is elsewhere called a post-scarcity economy. The proposed economy does not use money[10] and is claimed to be more sustainable than the contemporary socioeconomic structure.[2] The group is critical of market capitalism.[8][15][16][17][18][19]


An article in the Journal of Contemporary Religion describes the movement as an example of a "conspirituality," a synthesis of New Age spirituality and conspiracy theory.[20]

In Tablet Magazine, journalist Michelle Goldberg criticized the Zeitgeist movement, saying it "seems like the world's first Internet-based cult, with members who parrot the party line with cheerful, rote fidelity."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TZM - Mission Statement". Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Cohn, Shane. "New world re-order". VCReporter. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b Gore, Jeff (October 12, 2011). "The view from Venus Jacque Fresco designed a society without politics, poverty and war. Will it ever leave the drawing board?". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Sturgeon is backed by Occupy protesters in London". The National. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  5. ^ "The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  6. ^ Stamets, Bill (October 6, 2014). "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  7. ^ a b c Goldberg, Michelle (February 2, 2011). "Brave New World". Tablet. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  8. ^ a b McElroy, Danien. June 17, 2012. Forest boy 'inspired by Zeitgeist movement'. The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  9. ^ Braun, Siobhan (August 27, 2014). "Meetup Groupthink". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  10. ^ a b "First Tool Libraries, now Timebanks: Toronto's Zeitgeist movement is expanding". Younge Street. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  11. ^ "Zeitgeist Media Festival 2012: A celebration to be shared with the entire Earth". Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  12. ^ Gilonis, Samuel (February 21, 2011). "The Cult of Zeitgeist". Wessex Scene. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  13. ^ Alan Feuer (March 17, 2009). "They’ve Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  14. ^ Martin, Abby. "RT - Breaking the Set". 
  15. ^ Resnick, Jan (February 25, 2009). "The Zeitgeist Movement". Psychotherapy in Australia. Vol. 15 (No. 2). ISSN 1323-0921. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ Quotations and citations in this Wikipedia article are based on the translation from Hebrew to English of The Filmmaker Who Helped Recruit Millions for the Global Protests of the Bottom 99%, original Hebrew article by Asher Schechter, TheMarker (Israel), January 19, 2012.
  17. ^ Quotations and citations in this Wikipedia article are based on the translation from Hebrew to English of Imagine, original Hebrew article by Tzaela Kotler,Globes (Israel), March 18, 2010.
  18. ^ Swan, Rhonda (April 30, 2009). "A dream worth having". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. 
  19. ^ Newman, Alex (March 10, 2011). "Zeitgeist and the Venus Project". The New American. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  20. ^ Ward, Charlotte; Voas, David (2011). "The Emergence of Conspirituality". Journal of Contemporary Religion 26 (1): 109. doi:10.1080/13537903.2011.539846. Retrieved 2012-06-16.