Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist

Moving Forward

DVD - 2011?
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" ... is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical 'life ground' attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a 'Resource-Based Economy'"--Zeitgeistmovingforward.com website.
Publisher: [United States] : Gentle Machine Productions, [2011?]
Branch Call Number: DVD 303.3 Z371 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (161 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English, with optional subtitles in multiple languages

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eiknarf
Sep 17, 2014

I think it's definitely worth watching.

In response to OttawaWolfe's comments, I feel inclined to mention that I don't recall any mention of the word "anarchy," or any insinuation thereto, and additionally, that I felt satisfied with the effort made to provide solutions to the suggested problems.

This video is packed full of (I think relevant and quite important) ideas and data. I'd certainly like everyone to see it so we can discuss and (re)design.

And for all the headiness of it, it's entertaining enough to endure.

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kideternity
Jul 03, 2014

the 3rd in a life changing documentary series for me. Peter Joseph and the Zeitgeist Movement have externalized what I've always have been and felt- that things aren't the way they should or could be. That the dog eat dog, cut throat, suit and tie life was not a natural state for man. Man is good and kind, that our curiosity and desire to grow and expand should be nurtured without boundaries and thru technology, we can solve all of the worlds problems. That external forms of control; i.e. religion, money, governments are all hindering and stifling our growth. That allowing man, knowledge and our technology be free and without restrictions can safe both us and the Earth. A resource based economy, instead of a monetary based system is attainable. Having scientists/engineers instead of politicians run a society using the scientific method to solve our problems is a much better way. Life changing, check out all 3 and spread the word!

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patiencebaker
Jul 02, 2012

I enjoyed this film so much that I didn't want to return it! The concepts about sustainable communities, the evolution of technology, insights into substance use and abuse,as well as community power structures point to some societies as devolving instead of evolving.

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OttawaWolfe
May 13, 2012

The film is strong on identifying problems (addiction, violence, biology/environment, environmental sustainability), but extremely weak on solutions and how they can be implemented. The director interviews a number of very interesting scholars, and their voices are worth listening to.

Unfortunately, the director's favorite interviewee in the film, Jacque Fresco, shares his own weakness in lacking careful reflection on politics. All political systems and political parties are dismissed with hardly a thought. The value of democracy is dismissed with a glib comment from the great comedian, but not political philosopher, George Carlin.

So what are we left with - anarchism: the spontaneous organization of individuals to solve all the world's problems without any monetary system or political institutions. This is a utopian fantasy world as dangerous and unhelpful as Ayn Rand's heroic capitalists. Like the anarchists, Rand wants to wish away the state and all politics.

If the director is serious about his anarchist vision, he will need to spend a great deal more time developing how these changes can be brought about, rather than the spontaneous euphoria celebrated in the final minutes of the film.

Unfortunately, history shows that when societies are faced with "the final crisis" they have never chosen anarchism. Rather, they tend to opt for extreme forms of authoritarianism (fascism, Soviet communism). The director does not make any case at all for why this time would be different.

Fantasy and wish fulfillment are not what we need right now.

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HereHere
Apr 04, 2012

This is a long documentary that definitely is worth watching. It will require your focus, because the thoughts are complex and will require a critical mindset. It addresses all kinds of social and economic assumptions and puts everything together. You can skip the intro, which is very weird, but trust me, it gets better. It's not really your Friday night film, but you will learn a great deal that is relevant to our current economic situation.

Addresses agriculture, urban design, electricity, health care, origins of violence, child development, under-utilized technologies, and surprising statistic on innovation (it is greatest in egalitarian societies).

I don't agree with 100% of the conclusions, but there is a startling amount of truth in them.

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