Sunday, August 5, 2007

Zeitgeist


A student sent me a link to this video. It's two hours long, but it's fascinating. It starts with a detailed look at the origins of Christianity in astrology and Egyptian mythology, and then goes on to present, rather compellingly, interlocking conspiracy theories in regard to the 9/11 incident, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the major armed conflicts of the twentieth century. I've only watched it once, and I do not know how much of it is truth and how much is hogwash, but it's sure worth watching. You can view it in a larger format here.


3 comments:

Clay said...

Hi Bruce. I just watched this a couple days ago, and I can vouch for the Christian history info. Tom Harpur, former Anglican minister and professor of New Testament Greek for many decades, wrote a book called The Pagan Christ that summarizes the research on Egyptian and other Near Eastern religions, and their assimilation by the Church. Elaine Pagels, historian of early Christianity at Princeton, wrote several books bearing on other claims in Zietgeist, most remarkably, to me, in her _Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas_ (about the Nag Hammadi texts discovered a few decades ago). Fascinating. You see how some Christian cults - the ones of the Apostle Thomas' school - saw the gospel as a message more in line with Buddhism than with today's John-based orthodoxy.

As for the Federal Reserve Bank and the 9/11, I don't know either. The filmmaker's primary sources and interviews were pretty compelling, though, weren't they? Disturbing stuff.

Bruce Schauble said...

The religion segment at the start certainly seems both surprising and convincing. And although I tend to mistrust conspiracy theories on principal, the footage of the 9/11 buildings, particular building seven, which no one seems to even talk about, was fairly dramatic evidence that something very nasty was going on here. The people they had on tape discussing it were very credible, and the evidence they are bringing forward is enough to make anyone want to take a second look.

I thought the filmmakers did a terrific job of deconstructing and casting extreme doubt upon the standard explanation. The evidence against the Federal Reserve system seemed more fragmentary and less plausible, but some of the quotes, assuming they weren't manufactured, are scary as hell. And the parallels between the goals and methods of our current American administration and those of the German administration of the 30s and 40s are sobering.

As a perhaps too-typical head-in-the-sand American who just wants to get on with the living of his life, I'd like to believe that it is all just a bunch of hyperbolic propaganda, but the filmmakers have done a pretty good job of making it hard to dismiss their claims. And if even some proportion of them are true, we've all been, and are now being, successfully played for fools. Again.

- B

Clay Burell said...

Yup. We should assign students to fact-check the Fed Res quotes ;-)

Do you feel somehow comfortingly distant from it all, mid-Pacific as your are, as I do literally poles apart?

Enjoying your posts, Bruce. "Prescience" was spot on too.