Nov 20, 2010

The Zeitgeist Movement

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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.

Concepts advocated by the Zeitgeist Movement:
* 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.

Phases of the movement:
Phase 1: Awareness Phase
As of 20 April 2010 (2010 -04-20)[update] the Zeitgeist Movement was in phase 1, consisting of collecting people, getting the movement's information out, and finding identification with other groups of individuals across all races, religions, and ethnicities. Phase 1 also consists of, but is not limited to, forming; teams to create the infrastructure of the movement site, a communication team, and a development team. Another aspect of phase 1 is forming international chapters which are needed for creating the infrastructure for communication on a global level. The main objective of phase 1 is the need for more members, in order to make the existence of the movement relevant to the external world.

Phase 2: Project Phase
Phase 2 is the team action phase, which the movement is not in yet, where chapter projects are shared with the community. This collective understanding is needed for a synchronized approach for projects such as knowledgeable lecturers. This is also the phase for organized awareness projects which are anticipated to lead to the incubation of offshoot projects such as ending world hunger, disarmament (by choice, not force), and anti-militarism. This phase focuses on expansion of the teams which will lead to expansion of the group and the creation of a functional organization. The aim of phase 2 is the interconnection of these groups with interrelated and interdisciplinary focuses.

Phase 3: Action Phase
Phase 3 is where higher forms of activism will occur such as boycotts, fund raising, city construction, direct lobbying of corporate and political organizations. This is the phase that will focus on dynamic interaction with previous established institutions.


Zeitgiest: The Movie Website

Zeitgeist: The Movie - 2007 by Peter Joseph. (with 2010 update)

Zeitgeist: Addendum - 2008 by Peter Joseph

This is the Official Online (Youtube) Release of "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward" by Peter Joseph. [30 subtitles ADDED!]

On Jan. 15th, 2011, "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward" was released theatrically to sold out crowds in 60 countries; 31 languages; 295 cities and 341 Venues. It has been noted as the largest non-profit independent film release in history.

This is a non-commercial work and is available online for free viewing and no restrictions apply to uploading/download/posting/linking - as long as no money is exchanged.

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