Today is Z Day, the day on which Zeitgeist fans all over the world congregate to be paranoid, self-righteous, and misinformed together. I was going to do a slew of posts on how derivative, simplistic, naive, and fact-free(not to mention boring) Zeitgeist is, but I really don’t feel like it at the moment. Let’s face it, the folks who really, really dig Zeitgeist are pretty much beyond hope, anyway. So I’ll just summarize my thoughts on the *film*:
Part I: In which Peter Joseph alienates the majority of his viewers by trying to convince them that Judaism and Christianity are just a retooling of ancient solar cults. Basically Brian Flemming’s documentary The God Who Wasn’t There blended with the “research” of Jordan Maxwell, the guy who says, “‘Christ’ means ‘oil’. That’s why we have Crisco”, “98% of Judaism is worship of the planet Saturn”, and “Zionism is a Teutonic/Germanic death cult.”
Part II: This part promises to explore myth as sacred narrative. Maybe things are looking up for this film! But no. It’s all about 9/11. Loose Change, only looser. Includes audio by Ted Gunderson, fer crying out loud. The guy who told Geraldo that 50,000 Americans are sacrificed by Satanists every year. The guy who says Osama bin Laden is really “Tim Osman”. The guy who subscribes to the Sonny Bono assassination-by-tree theory. Jesus Christ. Oops, I mean Sun of God. Whatever.
Part III: Mangled information about central banking and the Federal Reserve, which Joseph expands on in Zeitgeist: Addendum. Nothing you can’t get from Birchers or Ron Paul. If the Fed deliberately implodes the economy for shits and giggles, would someone please explain to me why Bernanke was sweating bullets on 60 Minutes tonight?
The banking stuff is capped off with some Aaron Russo footage about the illegality of income tax. I assume it’s merely coincidence that the people who say income tax is unconstitutional are the same people who just happen to owe millions in back taxes…
Next up is a relatively sensible overview of false flag operations, war profiteering, divide and conquer strategies, etc. I’m not saying this part makes sense; I’m just saying it makes more sense than Ted Gunderson and Jordan Maxwell.
Zeitgeist: Addendum features the total B.S. of John Perkins, conman/author of Confessions of an A**hole Who Makes Stuff Up Economic Hit Man, as well as lots more ill-informed bitching about fractional reserve banking. But Addendum also features the point of Zeitgeist, the whole reason Joseph created this hot mess in the first place…
What does the Venus Project want us to do, exactly?
It was dreamed into existence in the mid ’70s by a resident of Venus, Florida, inventor and futurist Jacque Fresco. He envisioned an end to poverty via the development of technology that will make more resources available to more people, as well as the replacement of our money-based economy with a resource-based economy.
It’s quite similar to Buckminster Fuller’s “ephemeralization“, which won’t work either.
Both Venus and ephemeralization seem to be based on the Smurf model of society. Baker Smurf will bake because he likes to bake, and will share his muffins with everyone freely. Papa Smurf will dispense wisdom because he’s older and smarter than the other Smurfs. And Vanity Smurf will do everybody’s hair because he’s… well, I’ll leave that one up to you to decide.
This will not work. Few farmers are going to produce free food for thousands of people out of the goodness of their hearts. In the Bible, farming was the very first curse that God placed upon man as punishment for his disobedience. I’m not saying this literally happened, but it does seem to embody an ancient and essential truth: Farming is really frickin’ hard.
What we would end up with under Venus would be an agrarian society in which everyone would have to do their own subsistence farming, build their own homes, and barter frantically for all other essentials. Hardly “freedom from economic slavery”.
Also, you can eliminate money, but you can never eliminate greed. The unscrupulous among us will find ways to exploit any non-monetary system we create.
The Bottom Line
Zeitgeist concludes with the words, “A choice right now between love and fear.”
Hmm. What does that leave out?
Oh, right. As Donnie Darko would say, “THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION!!”
Happy Z Day, everybody.