Monday, October 6, 2008


“Zeitgeist was created in the hope that it will inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective, and to relay the understanding that very often things are not what the population at large think they are. The true understanding of events, both historical and modern, are crucial to the development, awareness and spirituality of the human condition.”

Addendum kicks off into one of the best short descriptions of how the monetary supply and FRB works that I've seen for a while. Having illustrated the stupidity of this system, the film moves on to look at the activities of 'economic hit-men', and how the CIA and the ruling political/corporate elites have worked to undermine legitimate foreign regimes who have had the temerity to put the interests of their populations before those of transnational corporations. The entirely accurate view painted of how institutions like the World Bank, WTO and IMF have conspired to screw over developing nations for corporate benefit will, I'm sure, raise the hackles of neoliberal shills everywhere.

Zeitgeist: Addendum - 123 minutes

The film then takes a somewhat major swerve into the left field. Having identified some of the problems apparently inherent in any monetary-based economy, there's quite a long look at how a resource-based economy might be preferable (necessary?) for humanity. The movie then brings the two threads together, by explaining how the norms and values of our current society -- and the institutions within it, both secular and religious -- conspire to create an 'intellectual materialism'; a mindset that unthinkingly accepts the status quo, and leads us to act as sheep.

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