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

The Zeitgeist Movement was established 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 advocates transformation of the economic system to a global post-scarcity economy or resource-based economy. The proposed economy does not use money[6] and is claimed to be more sustainable than the contemporary socioeconomic structure. VC Reporter's Shane Cohn summarized the movement's charter as: "Our greatest social problems are the direct results of our economic system".[2] The group is critical of market capitalism describing it as structurally corrupt and inefficient in the use of resources. According to The Daily Telegraph, the group dismisses historic religious concepts as misleading and embraces a version of sustainable ecological concepts and scientific administration of society.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

In January 2014, the group published a book, The Zeitgeist Movement Defined: Realizing A New Train Of Thought, composed of eighteen essays on psychology, economics, and scientific theory written by the 'TZM Lecture Team' and edited by Ben McLeish, Matt Berkowitz, and Peter Joseph.[13]


The group has informal chapters worldwide.[2][14][7][15] The Toronto chapter, formed in 2009, hosted a talk by physician Gabor Maté for its local Z-Day event in 2013.[6]


The group holds two annual events: Z-Day (or Zeitgeist Day), an "educational forum"[16] held in March and artivist event called Zeitgeist Media Festival.[17] The first Z-Day took place in Manhattan in 2009 with sold out attendance of 900 and included lectures by Peter Joseph and Jacque Fresco. Local chapters have also held sister events on the same day.[18][19][16] The Zeitgeist Media Festival was first held in 2011. Its 3rd annual event took place on August 4, 2013 at the historical Avalon Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles, California.[20][17]


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.[21]

In Tablet Magazine, journalist Michelle Goldberg criticized the Zeitgeist movement, saying it "seems like the world's first Internet-based apocalyptic cult, with members who parrot the party line with cheerful, rote fidelity." Goldberg also wrote that the Zeitgeist Movement is "centered around a doomsday-proclaiming film and an ideology filled with classic anti-Semitic tropes."[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TZM - Mission Statement". Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Cohn, Shane. "New world re-order". VCReporter. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  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 September 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Sturgeon is backed by Occupy protesters in London". The National. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "First Tool Libraries, now Timebanks: Toronto's Zeitgeist movement is expanding". Younge Street. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b McElroy, Danien. June 17, 2012. Forest boy 'inspired by Zeitgeist movement'. The Telegraph. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Resnick, Jan (February 25, 2009). "The Zeitgeist Movement". Psychotherapy in Australia 15 (2). ISSN 1323-0921. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Swan, Rhonda (April 30, 2009). "A dream worth having". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. 
  12. ^ Newman, Alex (March 10, 2011). "Zeitgeist and the Venus Project". The New American. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  13. ^ TZM Lecture Team (2014). McLeish, Ben; Berkowitz, Matt; Joseph, Peter, eds. The Zeitgeist Movement Defined: Realizing a New Train of Thought (PDF) (1st ed.). ISBN 978-1495303197. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ Stamets, Bill (October 6, 2014). "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ Braun, Siobhan (August 27, 2014). "Meetup Groupthink". San Diego Reader. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Alan Feuer (March 17, 2009). "They’ve Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Zeitgeist Media Festival 2012: A celebration to be shared with the entire Earth". Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Goldberg, Michelle (February 2, 2011). "Brave New World". Tablet. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ Gilonis, Samuel (February 21, 2011). "The Cult of Zeitgeist". Wessex Scene. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ Martin, Abby. "RT - Breaking the Set". 
  21. ^ 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.