Posts Tagged ‘conspiracy’

Friends from Mogwai hosted us today to show the classic Peter Joseph film: Zeitgeist.

The crowd was a mix of students and various non-profit groups. We lacked time to have a more in-depth discussion but it was a good start.

For those who want to review the now cult classic film, here it is with subs:

Thanks to Mogwai for having us.

“Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld”

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Conspiracy literature is rife with the phrase  “New World Order.” The early root of this interesting slogan is a speech given by George H. W. Bush:

Since that time, conspiracy theory has burgeoned with speculations of a secretive international insider elite plotting to control the world and instigating global crises to further their aims. The formula: crisis = opportunity to establish controls.

The permutations and ramifications of the New World Order are too intricate to summarize here, but recently a statement by British P.M. Gordon Brown about the current financial crisis rings parallel to Bush’s mantra in the video:

“We face a choice. We could allow this crisis to start a retreat from globalisation,” Brown said in his speech.

“As some want, we could close our markets – for capital, financial services, trade and for labour – and reduce the risks of globalisation, but that would reduce global growth, deny us the benefits of global trade, and confine millions to global poverty.

“Or we could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth pangs of a new global order, and our task now as nothing less than making the transition through a new internationalism to the benefits of an expanding global economy, not muddling through as pessimists but making the necessary adjustment to a better future and setting new rules for this new global order.”

Understandably this kind of phraseology has alarm bells ringing on every conspiracy theorist’s desktop. This goes back to that question earlier posed: are these events due to collective incompetence, or collective genius conspiring?

For me, the only thing consistent about all these speeches is society’s ignorance of its own limitations and vulnerability until crisis strikes. Whether these crises were triggered intentionally or resulting from ignorance or both doesn’t change this observation.

Putting the weakness against a time-dimension:

The past we don’t understand fully, the future we can’t predict accurately, but more glaringly: the present we aren’t critical enough of. Of the three timeframes–it is ONLY the present that we can control. This is why critical thinking is very important. It’s our only weapon against cruel surprises… NOW.

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In the same vein as Zeitgeist, this documentary takes a look at the sordid history of the modern financial system, from the conspiracy point of view. An excerpt from the video:

“The problem is since 1864 we’ve had a debt based banking system. All our money is based on government debt. We cannot extinguish government debt without extinguishing our money supply. That’s why talk of paying off the national debt without reforming our banking system is an impossibility. That’s why the solution does not lie in discussing the size of the national debt rather it lies in reforming our banking system.”

well what we’re about to show you is that there’s nothing federal about the Federal Reserve and there are no reserves. The name is a deception created back before the Federal Reserve Act was passed, in 1913, to make Americans think that America’s central bank operates in the publics interest. The truth is that the Federal Reserve is a private bank owned by private stockholders and run purely for their private profit.”

Like all economic theories, these are noteworthy to examine especially during market crises. Check out the video here.

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The movie, Zeitgeist, was a critique on ideas that have held us from the truth, namely religion, politics, and finance.

The third part of that movie is about the International Banking Cartels and conspiracies, and is an interesting view in light of the recent turmoil in the global financial markets:


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