THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 557, February 14, 2010
"The path of agorism is not easy."
Conspiracy Movie Reviews for the week of Feb 14, 2010
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Zeitgeist Addendum Time 1:59
Part III is where the film goes horribly wrong. The main feature is a discussion of the "Venus Project", a utopian Marxist wet dream where money and business are abolished and presumably a governing body styled after Plato's Republic would benevolently distribute resources and technology to bring about a Star Trek™ style heaven on earth. "Social engineers" such as Jacque Fresco display their profound ignorance of human nature and true free market economic theory, which they confuse with the mercantilist economic system we are saddled with today. Although Fresco is perceptive enough to notice that America is close to a fascist system, he clearly doesn't understand that a free market determined price is the only fair and equitable way for human beings to assess relative value and allocate resources. Left unsaid in the film is just how the enlightened and anointed few will make those economic decisions for the benefit of the masses.
One might suggest these dream weavers read Ludwig von Mises Human Action. But people such as these are change agents. They do not deal in facts, but in manipulating people through emotion. They hide their radical left statist beliefs behind the clever euphemism "Progressive". They are the true vanguard of the elite that they pretend to be against. They present us with the false choice of a New World Order built around the fascist American empire model or the socialist European model centered around the UN. Never discussed is the third option of a truly free human society, as envisioned in many of the science fiction novels of L. Neil Smith. The film attacks corporations and the monetary system as the root of the problem, but these are in reality the rotten appendages of the Frankenstein monster we call government. Our only true hope of escaping this modern system of slavery is if humanity ever recognizes the immorality of bestowing a legal monopoly on the initiation of force to a chosen few. The Venus Project does not solve this fundamental error in the human condition.
Part IV is mostly about the need to change paradigms. Some of the controversial discussion of religion from the first film is revisited in this part, but here the film goes a step further and promotes New Age beliefs as a substitute. The conclusion offers several solutions to the present system. Most of the ideas are pretty reasonable, with the exception of more promotion for their utopian Venus Project and a "Zeitgeist Movement".
How does one rate a film like this? There is so much good
information, and yet it is used as bait to lure viewers into supporting
yet another system of top down social management. True freedom will be
found in a society organized horizontally, not vertically. While excerpts
from the film can be very effective tools to educate people, the general
message of the film is harmful to the cause of freedom. It elevates
technology to a god-like status that, once released from a monetary system,
will magically provide for all of society's physical needs. It resorts
to thoroughly discredited leftist canards to reach its flawed conclusions.
To wit, the so-called Venus Project sounds like a modern repackaging of
the old communist mantra: "From each according to his ability, to each
according to his need." This film is a bitter disappointment, and only
the marvelous first half of the film saves it from a "one star" rating.
The Calling Time 1:06
Having said that, the production quality and soundtrack
are top-notch. It probably puts the pieces of the puzzle together
as well as any film out there. There are summaries of the Illuminati
power structure and their history, the CIA, the banking system, and the
the false War on Terror. The sections on Codex
Alimentarius and Mind Control are superb. The concluding segment
is the only entirely new material, but I found it somewhat trite.
It was not as compelling as the original summary section of The Big
Picture, but that is partly because it was apparently written as a
bridge to his follow-up film The Awakening. My inner cynic
found the folksy musical ending anti-climatic and agonizing to sit through.
My advice is to turn off the DVD player five minutes before the end and
you have a great film.
The Awakening Time 1:05
The film is visually spectacular, with sparkling computer graphics, abstract projections, avant garde film techniques and the occasional naughty bit thrown in for grins. A few of the graphics such as the electric yoga figure get repetitious, other graphics remind you of the scenes in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, when Bowman peers into the monolith near the end of the film. Peppered throughout are Dees' political illustrations, many of which are featured prominently on the website www.rense.com. They all center on various aspects of the elite's attack on humanity with his trademark grim humor.
Quite fascinating are the discussions on possible advanced
ancient civilizations and the theories regarding energy channeling in pyramids
and other geometric structures built many millennia ago. The druidic
origins of the meaning of the word "Hollywood" is a real eye-opener.
There is a great deal to contemplate in this film. But the purpose
of these movie reviews is to identify films that clearly identify our political
and economic problems and deal in conventional solutions that are based
in the physical reality most of us are familiar with. There are undoubtedly
spiritual aspects to this battle for freedom. This simple minded old curmudgeon
will leave those issues for greater minds to contemplate. The
Awakening is an entertaining and potentially enlightening film, but
I can't enthusiastically recommend it as a film to awaken your relatives,
friends and neighbors.