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The Zeitgeist Movement
TZM logo.png
Abbreviation TZM
Formation 2009
Type Advocacy group
Region served
Key people
Peter Joseph

The Zeitgeist Movement was founded in 2009 by Peter Joseph and advocates a transformation of society and its economic system.


The Zeitgeist Movement was formed in 2009 by Peter Joseph shortly after the late 2008 release of Zeitgeist: Addendum, the second film in the 'Zeitgeist' film series.[1][2][3] In its first year the group described itself as "the activist arm Venus Project".[4] In April 2011, the two groups ended their association.[2]



The group has chapters world wide.[1][5][6][7][8]

Z-Day & The Zeitgeist Media Festival[edit]

It holds two annual events, Z-Day and the Zeitgeist Media Festival.[10] Z-Day is described an educational forum for the group. Some local chapters have also held events on the same day.[6][11][12]


The group advocates transformation of the economic system proposing a global 'resource-based economy' also known as a post-scarcity economy. The proposed economy does not use money[9] and is claimed to be more sustainable than the contemporary socioeconomic structure.[1] The group is critical of religion and market capitalism.[7][13][14][15][16][17]

The book The Zeitgeist Movement Defined gives an overview of the groups views.


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.[18]

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."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Cohn, Shane. "New world re-order". VCReporter. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The view from Venus". Orlando Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Nicola Sturgeon is backed by Occupy protesters in London". The National. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Stamets, Bill. "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Goldberg, Michelle (February 2, 2011). "Brave New World". Tablet. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b McElroy, Danien. June 17, 2012. Forest boy 'inspired by Zeitgeist movement'. The Telegraph. Retrieved: 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ Braun, Siobhan (August 27, 2014). "Meetup Groupthink". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  9. ^ a b "First Tool Libraries, now Timebanks: Toronto's Zeitgeist movement is expanding". Younge Street. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Zeitgeist Media Festival 2012: A celebration to be shared with the entire Earth". Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Gilonis, Samuel (21 February 2011). "The Cult of Zeitgeist". Wessex Scene. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Alan Feuer (March 17, 2009). "They’ve Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  13. ^ Resnick, Jan (Feb 25, 2009). "The Zeitgeist Movement". Psychotherapy in Australia. Vol. 15 (No. 2). ISSN 1323-0921. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ A dream worth having, Rhonda Swan, The Palm Beach Post, April 30, 2009
  17. ^ Newman, Alex (March 10, 2011). "Zeitgeist and the Venus Project". The New American. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ 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.