Where This Meets That
If ever a film was made to put off the Average Joe, Zeitgeist: The Movie is it.
In two hours, Peter Joseph (who, by the way, has a highly ironic name, being derived of two saints he necessarily rejects) denies the existence of Jesus, asserts the US government’s complicity in the September 11 attacks, compares George W. Bush to Hitler, and claims world events are all driven by secret cartels behind the scenes.
I don’t really know where to begin. I don’t have the time or energy required to respond to the film on a point-by-point basis, so I’ll outsource that strategy to someone who apparently does.
Let me say, Zeitgeist: The Movie is a slick production. It’s a compelling rabble rouser that explores many popular conspiracy theories and alleges loose connections between them.
Joseph presents some claims that were new to me and avoids others that I expected him to include. Every conspiracy theory grows from some blend of admission and omission in “official” accounts, and while the history of geopolitical power is rife with conspiracies, Joseph does a poor overall job of closing the cases he opens.
There are no extra-terrestrial aliens in Zeitgeist: The Movie, no “chemtrails” or Illuminati (per se), but “conspiracy theorists” are clearly Joseph’s target audience. His objective appears more to preach to the choir than to gather new converts. He offers few source citations, liberalizes linguistic interpretations, and exaggerates statistics. To his credit, Joseph raises many questions, all of which a healthy free people should ask concerning the true workings of their government, but his investigations fall short, his conclusions foregone, his connections “reachy”, and his presentation smarmy.
I personally find conspiracy theories fascinating and frequently – including some presented here – worthy of deeper exploration. If nothing else, perhaps Zeitgeist: The Movie will stir the otherwise complacent soul to recognize that there are more ways to view world events than through the bipolar lens the offered up by the Establishment.