Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Zeitgeist Addendum

Now there is an addendum to the Zeitgeist movie that focuses more attention on the 'money problem', economic imperialism, and emerging sustainable technologies. The Zeitgeist Addendum can be downloaded from the same site linked above or from Google.

The first twenty minutes do a creditable job of describing how conventional political money is created in the US, copied in other 'friendly' countries. It’s a good supplement to the films: "Money as Debt" and "The Money Masters". The next part of the film features John Perkins, author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man". He does a superb job of clearly explaining how the multi-national corporate empire achieves dominance over other countries, giving examples from his own experience. As he describes in his book, there are three levels of action. The imperial forces first try to corrupt a target country’s leaders and get them to play along, saddling their people with huge debt loads and selling off government owned assets. If that fails, they will stir up internal opposition and either overthrow or assassinate a recalcitrant leader. If that fails, the military will be sent in as a last resort.

In recent years, the reluctance to use the last option seems to have diminished; although war still affords opportunities for great profits to be amassed by political cronies as the power of the US Congress to mount opposition to military adventures has all but evaporated. The original Zeitgeist movie contains important information about the central banking system and the US Federal Reserve. If you want to view particular parts of each film, you can find them on YouTube. Start with Episode 1 here:

The rest of the 13 episodes that make up the series can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT-2fenmLnc&feature=related