If you’ve had an internet connection for any part of 2007 there’s a good chance you have at least heard of The Zeitgeist Movie. It falls into the category of Conspiracy Theory films so take that with a grain of salt, but the film does sit atop its genre in terms of intrigue. I must say firstly, that the first 5min of this movie is completely ridiculous and unnecessary. It plays a blitzkrieg of war clips and different symbolism dealing with religion and evolution while the background music sounds as if it was taken directly from a 1980 horror flick. I almost turned it off at this point because I don’t like unnecessary cajoling before watching a film. Either provide me content and dazzle me with provoking, LOGICAL questions or just fuck off. But then came one of my favourite George Carlin bits on religion so I was sold. You show me George Carlin anything and I’m sold.
The Zeitgeist Movie is broken up into three separate parts.
The first deals with religion -mainly christianity- and how religious doctrines around the globe are essentially comprised of the same basic thesis. The film starts by outlining Egyptian beliefs and illustrates how all subsequent religions are based around Egyptian mythology which revolves around the sun and stars. The author explains the significance of December 25th as the proposed birth of christ (though this date is never mentioned in the bible), and how the constellations represent the story of the three kings and the north star. The first part of this film does tend to drag a little but for all you offended faithful fear not, the subsequent chapters of the film have nothing to do with religion. For those of you who are already against religion this will merely fuel the fire for you while waiting for parts 2 and 3.
Part II is centered around September 11th, 2001 and succeeds in covering only the most interesting and engaging aspects of the event. The Zeitgeist movie stands out where other films like Loose Change go off into looney town. The day of September 11th will live on in infamy for the rest of my days, just as the assassination of JFK still plays out into a number of viable scenarios without any concrete evidence. Although some facts of September 11th are awash with misgivings, there are a number of valid questions that the Zeitgeist resurfaces that I believe deserve an honorary mention. Like WTC Building #7, the tale of the tape does not lie. This building was not attached to the WTC, and although the buildings surrounding #7 stayed perfect intact, #7 crumbled like the Titanic had been dropped on its roof. There are a number of valid points to be considered, but in all honesty, I’m fed-up with 9/11 conspiracies. I tend to arrive at a certain point where I know what I believe and what is plausible, but after you come to that conclusion its time to move on because you will never get the answers you’re looking for. I applaud those that are still out there challenging those in power and continually asking questions that no one will answer. I think someone needs to be held accountable for successfully making the public swallow what is obviously something other than what it appears to be; but that’s not the life for me.
Part III of The Zeitgeist Movie is by far the most interesting and had me researching thoroughly after the movie had already ended. Part III describes the role of the Federal Reserve in the US and how it is actually a quasi-privately run corporation opposed to the total government entity I long believed it to be. Though the Board of Directors are Presidentially appointed the Fed runs as a corporation, printing and lending money to congress at a fixed rate of interest; interest that is pushed onto the public and paid for via the Federal Income Tax. Just the fact alone that U.S. federal currency is controlled by a corporation opposed to the government is a rather heavy implication for the future of both the country and its heavily disenfranchised citizens. The Zeitgeist also makes the point that these private bankers profit most during times of war as congress needs heavy funding to continue their efforts and must continually ask the Federal Reserve for funding. If you have been keeping up with the news you’ve already noticed that Congress just approved another $70 billion for President Bush to continue his efforts in Iraq. But that’s not the most interesting part, it really makes you think when the film describes the exact events that led to President Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act and those involved. But I do suggest doing your own personal research after watching as you should never let a movie like this have the last word with you.
Part III also introduced to me current legislation that has been pushing forward for years on the North American Union without the consent and oversight of congress, nor the house of commons. Check out this quick CNN clip in which Lou Dobbs discusses the implications. The Zeitgeist also touches on the concept of the AMERO, a proposed North American currency that will mimic the Euro. Apparently the Amero is getting a lot of bad press from both Canada and the US but this was the first I’d heard of it. And aside from The Zeitgeist movie you can find the Amero written and discussed all over the internet along with more information on the North American Union. Dobbs’ describes this progression moving into an era where one government rules without the consent or input of its citizens. The Brave New World.
The Zeitgeist Movie though a little long at two hours is definitely worth watching. Also before pressing PLAY please click on the link below the film titled “Clarifications”. This is where the creator amends a few mistakes in the film and accounts for a couple clips that were shown for effect. When watching films like these its always good to keep in mind the complete bias of the filmmaker. Conspiracy Theory films are slanted as such because they are the vision and devotion to a specific belief of the author. The Zeitgeist definitely has that slant, but its difficult to argue with the majority of its points as they are usually rooted in information easily substantiated as fact. And all other information is, in my opinion, to be contemplated and then left in the wind.
After you watch it, come back and let me know what you thought.