Some New Videos On The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project and From Peter Joseph On Democracy

The Venus Project, The Zeitgeist Movement and a Resource Based Economy is constantly gaining more and more momentum, resulting in a constant flow of new creations of cultural expressions like these videos.

The two guys from the London based website and YouTube channel ‘London Real’ contacted me (or rather, their ‘Public Relations Coordinator’ did) with a new video interview they had done with Jacque Fresco, asking me if I wanted to post it on the blog. I found the interview not really bringing up anything new but the old anecdotes Mr. Fresco is always using, but I found an interview with Ben McLeish of The Zeitgeist Movement UK that was slightly more interesting. I post this here for you:

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And for those of you who haven’t heard all of Mr. Frescos anecdotes, I do recommend listening through this interview. He is definitely quite funny and has a lot of good points:

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And if you want some more in depth dope, take a look at Peter Joseph’s latest venture, Culture in Decline, this time on our so-called Democracy:

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Peter Joseph turns out to be a first class entertainer!

Zeitgeist – Moving Forward review

Peter Joseph’s latest documentary is setting world record in simultaneous worldwide screenings on the same day. 15th of January 2011 the film was showed in over 60 countries on over 300 locations, something that has not happened with any other documentary to date, as I am told.

This has been a highly awaited film, in other words. Two days ago, the YouTube version was released, and it has already over 340.000 views. In TWO days! Not to speak of the comments, which just passed 12.000 as I write this. The film has almost 12.000 likes and only about 300 dislikes.

It seems like the world has truly been waiting for, not only this movie, but a change on the planet. Even though there seems to be ‘business as usual’ around the world, there is a growing movement going on. Not just the Zeitgeist Movement, but in general. People want change all over the world.

So, to the film. It is a 2 hour 40 minutes long movie with lot’s of info. For me personally a lot of it was not news, but I guess for most people it is. I missed more transitional descriptions and more direct info on what a resource based economy really will be like. The film started out with a rather long winded talk about genetics and how we are not really bound by our genes, but rather more shaped by society. This is a discussion that has been going on for years among scientist.

Speaking about scientist and science. The film seems to advocate ‘the scientific method’ as the answer to most problems. It forgets to take scientists into consideration. The scientific method is well and good and is definitely the best method one can use to determine whether something is a good solution or not. The problem, though, is that scientists are just as often as ‘common people’ run by emotions and peer pressure rather than intellectual reason. There are continuous examples of this throughout history, and the ‘genes versus society’ is one field where this has been rampant.

Another thing about the movie, as with the Zeitgeist Movement in general, is the utter worshipping of The Venus Project, as along with science is the answer to everything. The truth is that TVP is not thought through thoroughly by far. It lacks both social descriptions and possible transition alternatives.

In such a long movie I would have expected more detailed descriptions on how to get there and how a resource based economy will work in praxis. Still, for all of the worlds people who still doesn’t know about what the worlds problems stem from and haven’t heard about a resource based economy, it serves it’s purpose. Except I am afraid it will suffer many shattering comments when put under scrutiny in classrooms around the world.

Jacque Fresco and Peter Joseph on TED

As a response to TED’s FaceBook discussion ‘who would YOU like to see on TED?‘ I replied with the following:

“At least ONE person has already mentioned Jacque Fresco, the founder of The Venus Project. Not that I should speak about him, but HE should speak on TED. If not him, then Peter Joseph, the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement.

There is ONE big problem in the world today that everyone seems to miss. Like the elephant in the room. The problem is MONEY.

Everyone just takes for granted that we need money, that the money system we have is the only possibility for humanity and that if only everyone had enough money, everything would be ok.

Please wake up, sunshine.

There is no lack of money in the world. Banks create it everyday in the millions and billions. Yes, the worlds money system is based on a ‘fractional reserve banking system’ where banks can create money out of nothing. Google it. It’s not just something I make up. It has been shrouded for years though, in fancy financial terms. This ‘air money’ is lent out to private persons, corporations, other banks and even countries, and is demanded paid back with interest (which, by the way, is NOT created by the system. Thus MORE money have to constantly be created to pay the interest, and defaults are a part of the system). Even countries are going bankrupt in this insane world of money and debt.

The Monetary System we have today plays a big, if not the biggest, part in all the problems we have in the world today: Corruption, crime, wars, diseases, prostitution, pollution, poverty, and not to speak of the ‘financial crisis’, which is no crisis to the ones who create the money. Money, who largely is digital. 97% of all of the worlds money today only exists as ones and zeros in computers.

A world without money is difficult for many to imagine. No wonder, since we’re all brainwashed into believing that money is as necessary as air. But there is no money in nature. Nothing. Zip. Still, it runs like clockwork.

So, my suggestions are:

JACQUE FRESCO for suggesting a resource based economy replacing the monetary system, and founding The Venus Project.

PETER JOSEPH for starting The Zeitgeist Movement, spreading the idea of a resource based economy.

One of these persons should be SELF EVIDENT on TED. Why they haven’t been on TED already, I don’t know. I can only speculate that it has something to do with TEDs sponsors, not wanting info about something that threatens the monetary system and their operations out there.”

If you want to help spread more awareness about TZM, TVP and a moneyless society in general, you can suggest to TED as well. Follow the link on the top in this article.

Zeitgeist Moving Forward – The New Zeitgeist Movie

Peter Joseph is soon due with his new film, Zeitgeist Moving Forward, the follow up to the two previous Zeitgeist movies. Many people are waiting in anticipation for this film, that is ready for release in 60 countries and 20 languages (as he states on his page) in January 2011. The film will of course address the inadequacies of today’s current social, cultural and economic system on the planet, as he has done before. What will be new remains to see, but I have some thoughts.

The official trailer implies not much more than what the previous films were about. Still, as I have heard PJ speak about this film, he has revealed that it will be more about the solutions to today’s problems, rather than more ranting on the problems. Let’s hope this is accurate.

If so, more presentation of workable solutions will be discussed, like a resource based economy (that was barely touched upon in the last film), permaculture and other sustainable solutions to food production, and probably many other technological solutions that can be utilized in tomorrow’s world, like nanotechnology and such.

There is an ‘unofficial trailer’ to the film as well. Don’t know why it is called ‘unofficial’, since it is on the official Zeitgeist YouTube channel. Anyway. In the trailer, a young Ram Dass is talking about the notion that ‘we are all one’. Maybe this implies a spiritual discussion in Zeitgeist Moving Forward as well, even though I doubt it. In any case, we all look forward to seeing the new Zeitgeist movie. Let’s hope it has a massive impact on the society we live in, and manages to contribute to the change we all long for. Here’s the ‘unofficial trailer’:

Peter Joseph Documentary

Charles Robinson has interviewed Peter Joseph in a rare documetary.

Peter Joseph, the founder of the Zeitgeist movement, gives in this interview a look seldom given into his own life. How he started studying music and dropping out, partly due to too much accumulation of debt, to having a performance-like show with him playing his percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone), and projectors showing his society critical films on screens beside him, to putting his film out on the web and getting surprising amounts of traffic. And then from there to get a book from Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows, the founders of The Venus Project and a resource based economy, to starting The Zeitgeist Movement, knowing his life would change drastically.

It turns out that Peter Joseph is not his real name, but his first name. He is not revealing his last name, as he wants to protect himself and those around him, understandably enough, as he is comparing what he is doing with Gandi and Marin Luther King. Not directly, though. In any case, what he is doing is in my opinion comparable to those people, as long as he keeps it up. It would also be better if he tries to have a more common appeal in his speeches, and try to bypass all his academic intellectualism. Apart from that, what he does is historical, and hopefully changes in the world will come out of is.