December 09, 2009

Zeitgeist: Addendum

I think that part of my "job" with this blog is to educate, or at the very least, point you to sites or videos that can and will open your eyes a little wider, and cause connections to be made, or dots to be joined. But mostly, I would hope, it offers some practical advice so that you can end the status quo. Believe me folks, the directions we are given by the selected, elected, and unelected, lead nowhere.

In this remarkable video the hard work has already been done. All you have to do is watch.

Please try to set aside some time to watch it. It really is a mind-opener.

It is a horror movie, (the first hour, anyway), but it ends well.

It certainly beats that manufactured news or X Factor on the telly box.

Give it a go, it may change your life. It will certainly change your useless MP's life.

If you are happy to be manipulated for the rest of your life, move along, there is nothing for you here.


PS-Want to learn more? Click on the title to go to the Zeitgeist UK site.


13th Spitfire said...

Yes, I have seen that. Very scary stuff but I had to do some ridiculous research to very some of the stuff they were claiming in the movie. Most was true but not all - as can be expected. A bit like Naomi Klein's book the 'Shock Doctrine' mostly true but not all of it.

Harry J said...

Captain, G. Edward Griffin of 'The Creature From Jekyll Island fame reviews Zeitgeist Addendum, the follow up film here. It's worth a read.

boojahadeen said...

Communitarians are everywhere!

Captain Ranty said...


Thanks. I did find it heavy on the Marxism but I liked the way it ended.

Ultimately, (not in my lifetime, or even my childrens) I think we will live in a moneyless society.

Money, religion and politics (or the acquisition and use of them) are responsible for a great many deaths, and that has to change.


Captain Ranty said...

Thanks Harry.

I read the review and was interested to find that Griffin acknowledges that much of it is grounded in truth and just seems to disagree with the conclusions at one point.

I know that people tend to believe what they want to believe, and a lot of the same they are misguided or misinformed.

If nothing else, the film provides food for thought.


Captain Ranty said...


Thank you too. That is a big chunk of information. I will read it and respond when I have.


Harry J said...

Surely 'money' is just a means of making the exchange of goods and services that much simpler. The problems arise when usurious bankers control the money supply. That and the treating of money as a commodity to be traded. Out of interest, how do you envisage a 'moneyless society' working?

Captain Ranty said...


I see it that way too. Until money arrived, barter was the norm. You know, one chicken for 4 loaves of bread, or one cow for 3 sheep, that sort of thing. Then we got tally sticks, shells, or agates, and we ended up with precious metals. People, it seems, got tired of carrying around bags of gold and silver coin so we moved to paper.

Maybe we will move back to the old methods? And, if the Venus Project ever bears fruit, our labour will not be required as a way of earning money as automation takes over, as it inevitably will. They say that we have 4,000 years of energy trapped beneath our feet. Clean, free, sustainable and self-replacing energy. If we didn't spend a huge proportion of our salaries staying warm and dry, and using oil and its by-products, we would all be better off. They also say food can be supplied in abundance, and most of all, freely.

What else do you need? The basics are all there: food, housing, transport. All that needs to continue for you to live a long and happy life is entertainment, and interaction with your co-planeteers.

If I had no need to work, and I had everything I needed, or could get hold of it for nothing, why would I work? The short answer is that I wouldn't. I'd write, or paint, or learn to play a musical instrument, or I would do the thing most dear to me, which is to travel. Explore the planet I live on and learn about the myriad cultures and people on it.

I would have no problem filling my day. Work interferes with my leisure time.

I am convinced it can be done, but we are manipulated to think about money all the time. I really don't want to pay the ferryman and then explain to whoever greets me, (assuming there is someone) that I spent 60 years earning and thinking about money, and the last 20 worrying if I had enough to live on, or to buy food, or to heat my home.

There really is more to life than that. There has to be.


Harry J said...

Your reply reminded me of a quote from George Orwell I came across when reading some of Philip Jones' stuff on Scribd.

“From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations But it was also clear that an all-around increase in wealth threatened the destruction... of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motorcar or even an air-plane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. Such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance... It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.“

I'm not sure if we could eliminate 'work' altogether. There may well be some things we need to make society function at its optimum. What's for sure is we wouldn't have the daily grind (for which we are taxed extortionately) that we have at the moment.

I also have a few more gripes than perhaps you do with some of the Zeitgeist proposals. The article linked to by Boojahadeen explains most of them.

Captain Ranty said...


I did look at the critique of the Zeitgeist stuff but it became apparent that the chappy doing the critique isn't entirely unbiased himself. He appears to have a religious bent, and I do know how much controversy the original Zeitgeist film generated. His opinions are diluted somewhat by his zeal.

He admits that there is a lot of truth to the information though.


Snakey said...

Excellent video and thanks for the link :)