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Peter Joseph: The Zeitgeist Movement’s Televangelist

John on March 29, 2011 at 1:05 am

A couple years ago I predicted on this blog that as secularism and atheism became more widespread we’d begin seeing the same sorts of abuses that we already see in churches and religious communities. I think you can begin to see that coming true in this clip. This is Russia Today interviewing Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist movement:

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Maybe it’s just me but I see more than a little televangelist in this guy–the black suit, the hair, the condescending swagger and I’ve no doubt he has the arrogance that usually goes with it.

I think he’s right about one thing. The world won’t go back to Marxism. The brand has been discredited by too many millions of dead bodies in China, Cambodia, the USSR, etc. But the old wine will find new skins. Frankly, I don’t see a penny worth of difference between Zeitgeist and Marxism. It’s just got updated talking points for a tech savvy age.

The irony of course is that the movement’s whole appeal is based on envy. What’s wrong with the world is banks, money, the rich. Capitalism is the villain. Self-interest is once again going to be replaced with social consciousness, just like it was supposed to be in Mao’s China and Stalin’s Russia. The difference between “Do it for the party, comrade!” and “Do it for the good of the world” is, as I said, slim to none. And when people begin to starve as they inevitably do when guys like Peter Joseph gain enough power, they’ll claim it’s just a passing phase. And anyway, you can’t make an omelet…

Oh, incidentally, Zeitgeist is the view of the world embraced by Jared Loughner, the Tucson shooter. Of course, he was crazy. You’d have to be really.

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