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  • The Zeitgeist Movement

  • London, UK / July 25th 2009

  • The title of the presentation is "Where are we now?"

  • In my experience so far in attempting to promote the ideas

  • of the movement and the Venus Project, I find about 95% of the critics

  • tend to ignore the current state of affairs.

  • And in a detached manner, they simply criticize the abstracts

  • of what our proposed resolutions are

  • without ever reflecting on the train of thought

  • that was employed to reach those solutions.

  • So in response to this, I decided to simply focus on the information

  • which will, at a minimum, at least further compound the dire need

  • to get away from our current social practices

  • while also showing the logic that the Venus Project employs

  • to arrive at the conclusions and ideas that they do.

  • We're not just making things up. Jacque Fresco didn't just

  • creatively come up with ideas. He has a pivotal train of thought

  • and it has a near empirical basis.

  • First there's going to be an overview

  • of the movement, the tenets of the Venus Project.

  • In Part 1 we're going to elaborate even more

  • on the nature of our world monetary system and its consequences

  • while in Part 2 we will take a larger step back and consider the human condition

  • its cultivation and the effects of the social system at large.

  • Before I begin, please note that it was recommended

  • in the emails sent out that people read the Orientation Guide

  • or the Activist Video because

  • basically I'm going to move very quickly through a lot of this information

  • on the assumption that a lot of you are already familiar with some of it.

  • If you're not, don't be surprised if some things come as extremely foreign.

  • This lecture is actually part of two lectures.

  • The second lecture will be given sometime in the future to deal with the other section.

  • As you'll see, I deal with the first part

  • of the idea which is the fact that our social system is corrupt

  • and the second section is what the solutions are. We're not going to talk

  • about solutions specifically right now. We're going to talk about

  • the reasoning behind it.

  • The term "Zeitgeist" is defined as the intellectual

  • moral, cultural climate of an era.

  • The term "Movement" simply implies motion or change.

  • Therefore, the Zeitgeist Movement is an organization that urges change

  • in the dominant, intellectual, moral and cultural climate of the time

  • specifically to values and practices which would better serve

  • the well-being of the whole of humanity, regardless of race

  • religion, creed or any other form of contrived social status.

  • The Zeitgeist Movement in function exists as a communicative representation

  • of an organization called The Venus Project

  • which is essentially a conceptual and technological set of ideas

  • which constitutes the life-long work of industrial designer

  • and social engineer, Jacque Fresco.

  • Mr Fresco, along with his associate Roxanne Meadows, have been working

  • for decades to establish the technical methods and educational imperatives

  • which can transition society away from its current cycles of war

  • perpetual poverty and pervasive corruption

  • into an improved social design based on environmental alignment

  • practicality, peak efficiency, and most critically

  • a heightened standard of living, personal freedom and well-being

  • for not just one nation or class, but for the entire human family.

  • The ultimate materialization of these ideas

  • is in the form of a new social design

  • updated to present-day knowledge. And the design can be termed

  • a "Resource-Based Economy" (RBE).

  • In the words of Mr. Fresco

  • "We call for a straight forward redesign of our culture

  • in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt

  • and unnecessary human suffering are viewed as not only avoidable

  • but also as totally unacceptable.

  • Anything less simply results in a continuation

  • of the same catalog of problems inherent in the present system.

  • In summary, a Resource-Based Economy utilizes resources rather than commerce.

  • All goods and services are available without the use of currency

  • credit, barter, or any form of debt or servitude.

  • The aim of this new social design is to free humanity

  • from the repetitive, mundane and arbitrary occupational roles

  • which hold no true relevance to social development

  • while also encouraging a new incentive system

  • that is focused on self-fulfillment, education

  • social awareness and creativity, as opposed

  • to the contrived, shallow, self-interested, corruption generating goals

  • of wealth, property and power which are dominant today.

  • The enabling foundation of this concept is the realization

  • that through the intelligent management of the earth's resources

  • along with the liberal application of modern technology and science

  • we have the ability to create a near global abundance on this planet

  • and thus escape the detrimental consequences generated

  • by the real and artificial scarcity and waste which is dominant today.

  • This reality can provably create a high quality of life for

  • the entire world population many times over.

  • The Venus Project takes into account something which has been long lost

  • in our modern, financially driven world

  • the fundamental building blocks of society

  • and the basic understandings required to maintain a person's emotional

  • intellectual and physical well-being.

  • All social systems regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs

  • or social customs ultimately depend upon natural resources

  • as the initial step towards social functionality.

  • Concurrently, society itself is a culture machine.

  • In other words, it's a natural consequence

  • for a culture to support the values integral to the dominant institutions

  • of that society, regardless of the benefit of those values.

  • In other words, a society reaps what it sows.

  • If your society's foundation inherently supports self-interest

  • elitism, greed and dishonesty

  • then no one should ever be surprised when certain members of society

  • continuously fall into the extremity of murder

  • financial corruption or indifferent, selfish gain.

  • In other words, society is not only a product of the sum of its members values

  • paradoxically, it's also a generator of them for each new generation.

  • It should be no wonder that government perpetuates

  • nationalistic and patriotic values.

  • If they didn't, people might not support the state agendas or their wars.

  • It should be no wonder that the Catholic church perpetuates the idea

  • that humans are born into sin

  • otherwise, people might not show up to be saved.

  • And it should be no wonder

  • every major city on this planet is cloaked with corporate advertising

  • working to force materialism and inadequacy. Why?

  • Because otherwise, some people might just be happy with what they have

  • and not contribute to the profit and perpetuation

  • of a corporation or an economy.

  • Regardless, when it comes to cultural influence, nothing can hold a candle

  • to the vast psychological implications that have developed

  • due to the system of monetary finance.

  • Money, contrary to the attitudes of most of the world's populations today

  • is not a natural resource, nor does it represent resources.

  • In fact, by our standards of logic, money is only functionally relevant

  • in society, when natural resources

  • and the mechanisms of creation are scarce.

  • And thus, a system has emerged where people are given value

  • for their skills in exchange for their servitude

  • which can thus be used as a medium of exchange

  • for those supposed scarce resources.

  • Sadly, the culture is now fully indoctrinated into this frame of reference

  • and, like the rising sun, most could not even consider

  • any other possibility for our social functionality.

  • In fact, some have even redefined the relevance of money itself

  • by being conditioned to think that money represents choice.

  • That money somehow has something to do with democracy.

  • And the greatest illusion, that the monetary structure is a tool of liberty.

  • While money has indeed served

  • a positive role overall on the course of our social evolution.

  • Adaptation and change and improvement is still unstoppable.

  • The fact is, most of the original problems, which require the development

  • of the economic system we see today, are no longer pressing

  • due to the dramatic advancement of science and technology.

  • We now have the means to move in to a new paradigm

  • one where the negative by-products of our current social establishment

  • such as perpetual war, human exploitation, poverty

  • and environmental destruction are no longer tolerable.

  • What is advocated here is merely a next step in our social evolution

  • as dictated not by a person or group's opinion

  • but by statistics, trends, basic inference and extrapolation

  • all deduced by the scientific method.

  • Unfortunately, regardless of how logical, clear and obvious

  • new ideas may seem, the public still remains

  • on average...tremendous fear of any form of social change.

  • This is largely due to propaganda indoctrination

  • which has been pushed upon them by the established powers

  • which of course prefer the maintain their power.

  • These institutions range from religious organizations, to government, to business.

  • In fact, it really isn't the technical understandings

  • and implementations of the physical attributes

  • that comprise the Resource-Based Economy which is the problem.

  • We know we can do it, technically. We know it can happen.

  • The analysis has been extrapolated.

  • It is the outdated cultural values, such a testy subject.

  • The cultural values and the education barriers of our conditioned culture

  • is the most difficult aspect to consider

  • and that's one of the reasons I'm approaching this presentation as I have

  • because I want people to understand that we have to move somewhere.

  • This is where the Zeitgeist movement comes in!

  • We are not here to tell people what to think or believe.

  • We're here to spread statistical information

  • and socially positive value identifications

  • in hope of bringing people into an awareness

  • of the incredibly positive possibilities the future can hold.

  • Once these understandings are fully realized

  • I think most people will never be able to look at the world

  • in the same way again, and the problems we find as commonplace today

  • will become simply unacceptable, motivating change.

  • There are countless well-intentioned people

  • in activist organizations out there, and they keep popping up like weeds.

  • It's incredible to me how many of these there are

  • all admirable and amazing, and they're yelling at the top of their lungs

  • about the rampant problems and injustices in our world.

  • Yet, as you tend to find, very few actually offer any solutions whatsoever.

  • Those that do offer solutions, however, always frame those solutions

  • within the context of the current established system.

  • Very little regard seems to be given to the root structure

  • of our social design.

  • The Venus Project and hence the Zeitgeist Movement is different.

  • Our fundamental focus is finding

  • the foundational sources of our social problems

  • and working from that lowest common denominator to create solutions.

  • And when it comes to social corruption, poverty, environmental disregard

  • human exploitation, and most personal and social turmoil in the world today

  • an important realization is that most of these problems are not the result

  • of some particular company, some nefarious elite group

  • or some government legislation.

  • These are symptoms of the foundational problems.

  • And this is the ultimate realization when it comes to

  • how you look at the problems of the world today.

  • There is a massive superstitious basis out there:

  • It's us against them. That is

  • extremely poisonous to the development

  • because people are constantly looking for someone else to blame

  • when it's really themselves because they continue to perpetuate

  • the system that creates these things.

  • The real issue is human behavior.

  • And human behavior which will be addressed in this presentation specifically

  • is largely created and reinforced by the social patterns required for survival

  • as necessitated by the social system of a period.

  • We are products of our society, and the fact is

  • it is very foundation of our socio-economic system

  • and environmental condition which has created

  • the sick culture you see around you.

  • Our current system is based almost exclusively upon human exploitation

  • resource abuse and abundant waste.

  • It is simply what our system does.

  • As far as the infamous "they"

  • it is simply another social distortion

  • culminated and reinforced by our environment.

  • There is no singular "they".

  • In Zeitgeist I, I described "the men behind the curtain"

  • to the effect of a specific niche of economics

  • the ones that control most government policy, and those are the banks.

  • Banks have been running things forever

  • but that is still a product. These are still human beings.

  • We are dealing with negative tendencies.

  • The "they" syndrome is absolutely obsolete

  • and next time you hear anybody talking about "they"

  • please try to correct them. It's a religious mentality:

  • dualities, good and evil.

  • The bottom line is that we can spend the rest of our existences

  • stomping on the ants that mysteriously wander out from underneath the refrigerator

  • setting traps or laws

  • or we can get rid of the spoiled food behind it

  • which is causing the infestation to begin with.

  • This leads us to Part I: Monetary Dynamics and Its Consequences.

  • Here's an email I received from a PhD in economics

  • soon after the release of Zeitgeist Addendum.

  • "Dear Filmmakers, my son presented me

  • the first half of your film last weekend and asked me my opinion

  • on the opening section about the Fractional Reserve lending practices.

  • I'm a PhD certified economist of 12 years and teach macro-economics.

  • While I always was cognizant of the creation of money

  • and the sale of government bonds, I had never stepped back far enough

  • to see the larger issue your film presented.

  • I find it tremendously disturbing that the creation of value through debt

  • is indeed by all formal logic, an imposed condition of deficiency

  • and an instigator of public servitude.