Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Zeitgeist Movement: Global Politics on Trial

I have been a quiet member of the Zeitgeist movement since it's beginning in 2008. I  say "quiet" because there are two fundamental problems with the program that must be addressed before I throw my weight behind them: 1.) The idea of a resource based economy is a fine idea, the transition is not addressed at all. (How are we going to get there?) and 2.) Much of the arguments explored in the 3 Zeitgeist movies are irrelevant to our futures. (Our past beliefs leading to directed actions are one thing, however, it is possible to believe something, yet act distinctively of this belief, knowing that beliefs aren't always based in reality.)

Now, having said all this and ignoring the more conspiratorial aspects of what the Zeitgeist movement's agenda represents, I would like to present this following post, which as a member, I received in my email. The words you about to read speak of a truth that I feel is nearly perfect. 

There is a global Enlightenment taking place. 
The Enlightenment is a realization of a broken system, broken societies, broken agendas, broken methodologies. 

The Individuals are the ones having the realization, (of something they suspected all along.)
A group of individuals having come to this conclusion make up a movement.
That movement is growing.

"In the Enlightenment we woke up from our conscious servitude. In this new Enlightenment we awake from unconscious servitude."

Below is the Zeitgeist post in it's entirety: "Global Politics on Trial."
You may also watch the video.

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http://thezeitgeistmovement.com/Global%20Politics%20on%20Trial.pdf
 
February 4th 2011, (thezeitgeistmovement.com)

Poised at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, we
continue to find the geopolitical landscape in upheaval. Wars, economic
crises and ever encroaching consolidated national and corporate power
structures are reshaping the world as we know it. In reaction to the
newest set of documents now made public, a contentious debate rages within
capitals and cafes worldwide, most prominently in the Middle East as of
January 30th 2011, the time this statement was written. WikiLeaks’
controversial release of previously classified documents reveal one
undeniable fact: the current methods of global business and public policy
are on trial.

This wave of awareness in response to our current geopolitical and economic
system is becoming apparent for the greater public as we are witnessing the
increasingly vocal response by citizens of Tunisia, Egypt and the Greater
Middle East. With the release of diplomatic cables related to growing
despotism and economic inequality a new wave of individuals are standing up
to demand their right to exist within a free and open society. Not as
Muslims or Christians, Atheists or Jews, but as independent human beings
requesting in greater numbers, their human rights to a free and independent
life. The numbers of citizens standing up for their inalienable rights are
rapidly increasing as the world is taking notice. We have seen the dire
predicament the citizens of Iran suffered through in 2009 as an example,
and this is happening now at a higher frequency as the global economic and
political paradigm becomes more inadequate day by day.



This response in North Africa indicates that people, when given access to
knowledge as to how their system truly operates, are given a choice; they
can either perpetuate a morally bankrupt and economically broken world; or
demand a more equitable alternative. In a world where information is
digitized and ubiquitous, it is of significance to point out that it has
now been confirmed that the entire Internet for Egypt has been temporarily
shut down, along with high bandwidth (3G) wireless networks. If nations
fundamentally operate for the benefit of the people as a primary motivating
factor for public policy, what then would need to be suppressed? Civil
unrest can and will continue, as despots are replaced by slightly more
benevolent or malevolent despots depending on the collective whims of the
body public. The time has come to reappraise our current paradigm.



As previously stated, the disturbing concept of an “internet kill
switch” is not far from becoming a reality in North America or Western
Europe. Senator Lieberman, former U.S Vice Presidential candidate has
proposed such legislation and it is in the U.S congress at the time this
statement has been written. This is what happens when inefficient and
irresponsible political entities no longer operate for the benefit of their
constituents but instead operate to perpetuate the status quo regardless of
who inevitably gets trampled underfoot. Like a wounded animal, it will do
all that it can to guarantee it’s survival no matter how sick it becomes.


WikiLeaks’ supporters and detractors, in both public and private, operate
with the knowledge that information is being suppressed to justify the
status quo of the current geopolitical and economic climate. Both parties
further assert that deception is being utilized to manufacture the consent
of the world's citizens. The reports suggest that the United States has
committed acts contrary to their stated political positions and has also
blatantly disregarded international law. The United States however, is not
alone in that arena. It is now confirmed that other countries including
Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, and various states within the European Union
and the Greater Middle East are involved in similar contradictions of
character. Three important questions The Zeitgeist Movement would like to
ask the reader to consider: Does any government, representing the people
and acting on their behalf, have a right to operate clandestinely, and in
many cases, illegally? If such actions are condemned by the majority, what
role does the press play to keep the power structure in check? Most
importantly; isn’t this conduct and behavior an indication of the
fundamental problems within the system itself?

Global citizens of The Zeitgeist Movement realize that the tactics a nation
chooses in order to undermine another nation, and their own people’s
will, stems from economic competition and the constant battle for finite
resources within the modern economic system, as well as their own systemic
perpetuation. Such systems are now proven to be flawed, outdated and
fundamentally corrupt. The documents released thus far have proven to
define the current state of geopolitics in that regard. When interpreted
in the light of modern science and technology and the enormous benefits
they attribute to society, the word "geopolitical", provides no relevance
in regards to quality of life. Science and technology have been solely
responsible for all improvements to the standard of living in our modern
world. Understanding that important fact, The Zeitgeist Movement advocates
a systems approach utilizing science and technology for the intelligent
management of the Earth's resources and the social welfare of it’s
population. This concept in practice is known as a Resource Based Economy.

While neither supporting nor condemning the legality of publicizing
confidential information, The Zeitgeist Movement seeks to address the
issues brought to light via the numerous, previously classified media
released through the WikiLeaks organization. These documents accurately
define the inner workings of our system as it exists today. We, The
Zeitgeist Movement, are entering this public conversation, in order to
discuss the relevance of these published documents in relation to the
global monetary system and the Egyptian uprising.


The undermining of a rival nation's well being was the status quo of the
last century when governments of the world had made it their top priority
to maintain centralized power structures through the use of intimidation,
violence and economic warfare. The data suggests that such systems are
being extrapolated into our present era. The Zeitgeist Movement advocates
the position that such actions are now obsolete and increasingly dangerous.
The global population is realizing that what happens to one will impact
all. We recognize that the current cultural climate has offered the people
limited access to relevant knowledge and produces negative results.
Attributes of governance such as these, undermine mature and informed
decision making. Suppression of dissent, as well as the distortion of
objective truth, can only have negative consequences, and thus, relevant
conclusions can never be achieved. One must ask their representatives: How
can undermining freedoms produce a sense of security? Can we really expect
to create different outcomes utilizing the unsuccessful approaches of the
past? Why is this planet, in one form or another, in a state of perpetual
war? For a just and reasoned society to flourish, open access to knowledge
and it’s expression thereof is essential as it exists as the cornerstone
of freedom.

The “Cablegate” controversy has offered the public an unprecedented
glimpse into the inner workings of government, military and intelligence
agencies. These groups have not met the expectations of a civil and
reasoned society by promoting leverage of the corporate and banking
structure underlying the global economic and political system. Those
aforementioned groups are producing fear and distrust among many segments
of the population. These agencies are currently operating within a
paradigm they were created to oppose. We understand that countries acting
in their self interest will go to great lengths to protect themselves from
each other and any “perceived” threats, as we have seen through the
documents that have been released. The obsession for security is proving
to be more detrimental to society than the potential risk any leak or act
of terrorism can cause. Is the risk of losing one’s liberty a worthwhile
price, and if so, what way of life is then worth defending?



The Zeitgeist Movement realizes that we the people, as one collective
voice, actively seek a mature and rational environment for public and
global discourse. The sole purpose of doing so allows those directly
affected by the outcome, a means to arrive at reasoned and valid
conclusions to solve serious issues that face the world today.

New governing mechanisms with a foundation grounded in reason, social
equality and justice, rather than consolidation of government and cooperate
interests, must be implemented as our current system is reaching the end of
its serviceable life. The documents that have been released so far have
shown us, in regards to meetings among diplomats, that there is a general
fear and mistrust amongst competing national economic systems which are
being undermined by the very institutions that put them into place. Such
policies ferment instability and chaos with a small population reaping the
benefits of a dangerous world. The problems we collectively face are the
direct result of a system that relies on fierce nationalism and protection
of the status quo to survive.

The only way for a free and open society to thrive, is by implementing a
transparent governing mechanism. These new governing mechanisms can
outgrow the dangerous and irrational world we currently live in. Without a
reliable system to counteract aberrant behaviors on all levels, the well
being of a nation’s constituent population will diminish. In the United
States, legislation outside of and within the first amendment of the U.S
Constitution, guarantees freedom of the press as well as whistle blower
protection, was put into place in order to keep government fully
accountable to the people for any actions it chose to engage in.

We have addressed in this public statement that the latest scandal,
"Cablegate" gives credence to the old axiom “The Emperor Wears No
Clothes." In other words, we all collectively understand the fundamental
flaws that exist within our governing mechanism. This current system is not
equipped to handle an ever increasingly complex and technologically
advanced world. As we are discovering, the needs of the global population
are radically different than they were centuries ago, at the birth of the
economic paradigm we live in today.

The current value system, influenced by our current socioeconomic climate,
has produced systemic corruption as well as a trend towards a diminishing
of personal freedoms. In this current system, governments and their
corporate partners are undermining both the public and themselves. It is
essential that accurate information and transparency within representative
governments becomes commonplace to advance the most essential aspects of
freedom.


The current failures for reasonable governance speak for itself.
Throughout history, policy has been dictated by unverifiable and subjective
opinions. We are moving forward with the concept that to arrive at
decisions which produce the most accurate and objective results possible,
for the betterment of all humanity, includes absolute transparency. You
will come to understand, we hold no interest in supporting or opposing
entities which seek to undermine and destroy our present world, but
transcend it. The problems we have defined do not have to define us. We
invite you to look past the headlines and understand that the crimes which
WikiLeaks allegedly uncovered are merely symptoms of an underlying problem
endemic across the spectrum. We cannot legislate these problems away
because every nation will legislate to the benefit of the corporation, the
financial institutions and themselves, rather than the individual citizen.
Finally, legislation cannot effect relevant change due to the inherent
cultural behavior patterns integral to the current socio-economic paradigm,
for, the current system cannot function without said behaviors. It is time
we redefine the world around us, understand how it operates, and construct
a better alternative, using the highest levels of transparency and
technical ability.



-The Zeitgeist Movement Communications Team

The Zeitgeist Movement, which currently has roughly 500,000 members
worldwide, was founded in 2008 by film director Peter Joseph. The film
Zeitgeist Addendum and the recently released film “Zeitgeist: Moving
Forward” exists as a direct response to the documented errors prevalent
in modern society which advocates the realization that the current system
exists as continuation of historical baggage. The activist arm of The Venus
Project, which was founded in Venus Florida by Industrial Designer and
Social Engineer Jacque Fresco, The Zeitgeist Movement seeks to align modern
understanding of science and technology with social design to implement
what is termed “A Resource Based Economy”. An R.B.E relies on the
concept that abundance for all people is a much more relevant motivator
than monetary incentive; with the end result being a healthy and
technologically advanced society. More information can be found at
TheZeitgeistMovement.com and TheVenusProject.com.

2 comments:

  1. >I have been a quiet member of the Zeitgeist movement since it's beginning in 2008. I say "quiet" because there are two fundamental problems with the program that must be addressed before I throw my weight behind them: 1.) The idea of a resource based economy is a fine idea, the transition is not addressed at all. (How are we going to get there?) <

    The current paradigm has as one of it's fundimental ideas that change has to be forced or at least planned out in detail. This idea however, ignores the fact that every person grows slowly and somewhat steadily, the changes as radical as anything in Nature. Especially the change from a single cell into a embryo. Nobody sits down and plans out those changes, and they occur regardless of knowledge of the biological processes involved or not. On a much larger scale, Humanity has been going through a simuliar process, and now we are into the period when we too are changing on a social scale. This heavily retarded social process is not known by Humanity because it has no example to compare with, so it seems chaotic and irrational, but when you look at it from the perspective of the individual human growthin the womb, projecting it to larger scales, the seeming resemblences are striking. In a way, the global Internet, and all the other ways we are now interlinked, is like the development of a nervious system in a embryo.

    No plan is needed until the work is necessary and can be realized. Then the process will occur and the goal will be the guide for the efforts. But first, the goal has to be understood by a significant percentage of the Human population, and enough people want it that it can be brought peacefully into existance. That is the aim and basic rationalle of the Zeitgeist Movement. It's not to cause a revolution or a new government on any scale, it's about understanding Human relationship with the Ecology and each other, and how we can fit into the ecology without destroying it. If we don't, then we might well be aborted, more or less.

    >and 2.) Much of the arguments explored in the 3 Zeitgeist movies are irrelevant to our futures. (Our past beliefs leading to directed actions are one thing, however, it is possible to believe something, yet act distinctively of this belief, knowing that beliefs aren't always based in reality.)<

    If we are going through a natural process, then the Zeitgeist movies are very relevant, if we are not, then they are irrelevant, although I don't see how that could be. Certainly Humanity is natural, and our use of technology is natural, even though we are using it badly and destroying the ecology, and I think in our adaptation to the reality of the ecosystem, there is likely a ecological goal in this process.

    Belief is relevant until better data is discovered, at which time it becomes irrelevant. Belief is basically at best a hypothesis, and all too often it's just a fantasy. The Zeitgeist Movement is based upon the idea that Humanity will do better if we choose to attempt to use what is discovered in Nature through scientific study. Through comprehensive anticipatory design and careful attention to human rights, we can bring into existance something a lot better than what exists now. What that will be as time goes on cannot be known at the present time.

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