The Zeitgeist Movement and InterReflections Premiere
The Zeitgeist Movement is an activist group founded by independent producer, filmmaker and performance artist, Peter Joseph, in the United States in 2008, shortly after the release of Zeitgeist: Addendum, the second film in the Zeitgeist trilogy. The Zeitgeist Movement is predominantly an educational community conducting research and public awareness programs in a bid to awaken society toward a more sustainable and egalitarian social system. The nonprofit organization describes itself as a global grassroots movement advocating social change, most importantly, that of society transitioning from a monetary based economy to a resource-based economy.
its social campaigns and publications, The Zeitgeist Movement believes that market
capitalism is structurally corrupt and wasteful of resources. Also, the
nonprofit group believes that historic religious concepts are misleading, and recommends
sustainable ecology and scientific administration of society. The movement’s activist
work does only not involve analysing the lapses of our current outmoded
economic strategy and its negative consequences, but also advocating a new
train of thought in favor of an entirely different mechanism of economic and
Zeitgeist Movement and the Natural Law Resource Based Economy (NLRBE)
or “Natural Law Resource Based Economy” is a term coined by Peter
Joseph, which incorporates Natural Law into the original Jacque Fresco’s
Resource Based Economy. The core of The Zeitgeist
Movement’s proposed social mechanism is the Natural Law Resource Based Economy
(NLRBE). The NLRBE is not a centrally planned system. Rather, it is a
Collaborative Design System (CDS) and is based majorly upon public interaction,
facilitated by programmed, open-access systems, that enhance a constant,
dynamic feedback exchange. This means that the actual blueprint for this
interactive system would be available in an open source platform for public
consideration, in an absolutely transparent manner.
the aim of the NLRBE is to increase quality of life for all humans while
maintaining sustainability in the long run. In summary, the social goals of the
Optimized industrial efficiency: in active pursuit of “post-scarcity abundance: Post-scarcity abundance is an idealized state in which there is no scarcity of a given resource or process. Hence, to create and work towards post-scarcity abundance, all industrial processes should be optimized and well aligned..
Maintain optimized ecological/cultural balance & sustainability: Since the human species depends on its habitat and is supported by it, it is important to ensure the economic system in use supports this synergistic relationship to enhance public health and sustainability in the long run;
Deliberate Liberation of Humanity from Monotonous/Dangerous Labor: As human labor becomes increasingly monotonous and inefficient in meeting the necessary demands of the global population, mechanisation and automation become necessary. Also the current labor crisis can only be a resolver through restructuring of industrial labor methods and changing the “work for a living” paradigm.
Facilitate Active System Adaptation to Emerging Variables: Unlike what the current market economy lacks, it is important that the industrial/economic system be dynamically flexible, and allow for enough rapid error correction and improvement as progress occurs.
the macroeconomic components of The
Zeitgeist Movement’s NLRBE are Global Resource Management; Global Demand
Assessment, which includes creating awareness of new technical possibilities
and public consensus to decide necessities to be produced; and Global
Production and Distribution Protocols, which includes the aspects of facility
location, method of access, and tracking & feedback. Similarly, the
microeconomic components of the NLRBE include optimized durability and
adaptability, universal standardisation, and integrated recycling techniques
The Zeitgeist Movie Series
Zeitgeist movie series comprises three documentary films produced by Peter
Joseph released between 2007 and 2011. The movies which have been translated
into over 40 languages, screened in over 150 countries and seen by an estimated
total of 300 million people, present some conspiracy theories and also propose
some techniques to influence universal social and economic changes.
The first in the Zeitgeist film trilogy is the 3-part Zeitgeist: The Movie released in 2007. The film exposes several conspiracy theories especially about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The 4-part sequel titled Zeitgeist: Addendum was released in 2008. The film addresses issues like how people are manipulated into economic slavery through debt-based monetary policies and exposes how the US prioritizes profiteering above everything else. Jacque Fresco and his esteemed futuristic center, The Venus Project is highlighted in this film. The film also highlights Jacque Fresco’s proposed resource-based economy, prioritizing environmental sustainability and abundance as fundamental societal goals. In it, Fresco also describes technology as the primary driver of human advancement, and describes politics as an inefficient tool.
the 4-part Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is the third installment in Peter Joseph’s
Zeitgeist film series. Premiered in 2011, the film concludes that social
environment and cultural conditioning majorly influences human behavior and
speculates that the current money-based financial system will result in
hyperinflation in the future. Similar to its prequel Zeitgeist: Addendum, the
film presents a “resource-based economy” as advocated by Fresco and
also discusses how human civilization could start afresh in relation to
resource management to curb wastage and enhance sustainability.
Joseph announced that he was launching a brand new film set titled
InterReflections. The first of the new series, InterReflections I has a new
narrative-based, live-action style. The new film ditches the traditional
documentary style and explores an experimental style combining fantasy,
abstraction, thriller, dark humor and a mixed film style. According to Joseph,
the new movie uses “the idea of ‘hindsight’ as a driving motif to inspire
the audience to think differently about the world we have today… and the
world we could have tomorrow.”
Initially billed for release in 2016, the long-awaited and highly-anticipated live action film’s premiere was delayed due to the technical requirements of its production. The producer had to work with a tight budget and limited labor resources which severely slowed the production of the film. Scheduled for premiering on January 26th 2020 in Los Angeles, California, the first in the 3-part series breaks the ground and defines the tone of the trilogy. In summary, the major aim of the InterReflections trilogy is to expose the distortion in modern “normality” by awakening the audience intellectually.
The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus
The Zeitgeist Movement first started out as the “activist arm of the Venus Project”, a Florida-based nonprofit venture initiated in 1994 by designer and social engineer Jacque Fresco. However, in April 2011, the ties between the two groups were officially severed over what seemed to be a power tussle between the leaders of both groups.
despite the disunion between the two organizations, The Zeitgeist Movement
still continues to promote the resource-based economy paradigm, and the group holds
an annual event, Z-Day (or Zeitgeist Day), to promote education and awareness.