Tuesday, 23 November 2010
CASE 191 - The Zeitgeist Movement
The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) is a worldwide grassroots organization that serves as the communication and activist arm of The Venus Project, founded by industrial designer and social engineer Jacque Fresco. It describes itself as a "sustainability advocacy organization" and is focused on raising awareness for a global social change, by transitioning society from a Monetary-Based Economy to a new, sustainable social design called a "Resource-Based Economy".The Zeitgeist Movement was inspired by the social response to Peter Joseph's films Zeitgeist: The Movie and Zeitgeist: Addendum. However, it was Zeitgeist Addendum which first introduced The Venus Project. The Zeitgeist Movement's website states that a distinction is to be made between the work of The Movement and the issues raised in Peter Joseph's films in that The Movement is not necessarily in advocacy of any views demonstrated in the films and exists on its own.
Zeitgeist Movement advocated Concepts
The main concept advocated by the Zeitgeist Movement is that all the World's resources should be the common heritage of all the World's people.
Resource based economy: The Zeitgeist Movement recognizes that money creates established institutions that are forced to protect themselves, which inhibits progress. Therefore, they contend, the fractional reserve system, usury/interest, and credit are all functions of a flawed system that creates debt -- leading to the need for employment for the purpose of paying off debts. A process known as 'cyclical consumption'.
Automation: The Zeitgeist Movement propose that automation is more productive than human labor and frees mankind from repetitive and tedious tasks. Artificial intelligence: The Zeitgeist Movement proposes a concept known as 'Social Cybernation' which involves the allocation of decision-making to machines. Modern societies are highly complex and are currently managed by the bureaucracy, which suffer all kinds of limitations owing to lack of co-ordination, human inefficiency, etc. This form of management and decision-making can be done far more efficiently using cybernetic technology and already many industries manage their resources using cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence. Machines also do not suffer biases and are much better placed to take objective decisions than human beings. Machines would also be needed to store and retrieve information because humans have a limited capacity for memory.
Technological unification of the globe: The Zeitgeist Movement believes that globally shared technology is required to monitor planetary resources in real time, and theoretically make the most efficient use of them in solving planetary problems.
Scientific methodology: The Zeitgeist Movement claim that planetary government should be obligated to methodology, rather than being based on opinions. This could possibly cause governing decisions that are arrived at through scientific method, not belief.
No private property: One of the major stances of the Zeitgeist Movement is their perspective on property. They posit that property is wasteful and unsustainable, and that it should be done away with in favor of a system of universal access. This would be made possible through an abundance of goods and services (with the help of automation/cybernation), leading to an elimination of the need for ownership.
Sustainable City Systems: The Zeitgeist Movement supports systems theory and a systemic approach for a self-sustaining globe and culture which could be modeled on a smaller scale with a city-size system
But could the TZM all just be high end elitist propaganda
The Zeitgeist Movement is New World Order.
This is simply not true. In fact in many ways the Zeitgeist Movement is the opposite of the New World Order conspiracy. The NWO wants a one world currency. The Zeitgeist movement seeks to eliminate the need for all currency. The NWO wants a one world government. The Zeitgeist movement wants to use the scientific method and technology to eliminate the need for all governments. The NWO uses debt and money to advance its agenda. The Zeitgeist’s main goal is to declare the earth’s resources the common heritage of humanity so that all goods and services can be provided without payment, debt or servitude.
The Zeitgiest Movement is communism or “neo-Marxism”
This is another weak ad hominem attack. The most important difference between communism and the Zeitgeist Movement is its relationship to the working class. Communism/Socialist philosophies are largely concerned with the welfare and status of the working class while the Zeitgeist Movement wants to eliminate the working class altogether through technological automation. But more importantly communism and socialism does not take into account our relationship with the planet and its resources while in the Zeitgeist Movement this is the central focus. but Communism is a "resource based economicy" and just because you use a computer as an aid doesn't mean it will be any less dictatorial.
The Zeitgeist Movement is a Utopia
This is a loaded term and an ad hominem attack. No one in the Zeitgeist movement, at least that I know of, has ever made this claim. There is no such thing as a utopia. Life will always present us with problems. In the words of Jacque Fresco, “There are no ‘Utopias.’ The very notion of ‘Utopia’ is static. However, the survival of any social system ultimately depends upon its ability to allow for appropriate change to improve society as a whole.”
High end elitist con trick
The Zeitgeist movement seeks to eliminate the need for all currency, making computers take over, this is in a way a stage leading up to total NWO control, which is why it could miss lead people, some of the people involved with TZM have been exposed as zionistic, jesuit and elitist propaganda gatekeepers, but TZM denies any involvement with them, nor the UN, but they have made many speeches down there
The Venus Project
The Venus Project, Inc is an organization that promotes Jacque Fresco's visions of the future with the goal to improve society by moving towards what they call resource-based economy and the design of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation, focusing on the benefits they claim it will bring to society. non-primary [[unreliable source?] The organization was started by Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows and Sam Laurie in 1995. It currently works alongside The Zeitgeist Movement, which functions as an activist network, allowing members to communicate and work on projects within the movement. Future by Design, a film about the life and work of Jacque Fresco, was produced in 2006. The name of the organization originates from Venus, Florida, where its 21-acre (8.5-hectare) research center is located, near Lake Okeechobee, but to be honest, there isnt actually much there to go wow. Within the center are ten buildings, designed by Fresco, which showcase the architecture of the project.