In our century, the viral internet film Zeitgeist (the latest version of which is titled Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – there’s that thematic linkage with the Left again) swings an axe at established religious, political, and economic institutions and aspires toward a Trek-like future “of such abundance [through technology] that everything would be available without a price tag, and without submission to employment.” Those are the words of Jacque Fresco, founder of the Venus Project, a utopian think tank that blames all the world’s problems on private property and the use of money.
Were he an anomaly, an eccentric like Fresco could be ignored. However, his rhetoric resonates with the mainstream in leftist political thought. Channeling the spirit of avowed communist agitators with direct links to the Obama administration like Van Jones, Anita Dunn, Richard Cloward, and Frances Fox Piven, Fresco advocates undermining the system as a prerequisite to a new order.
“The [current] system has to fail, and the people have to lose confidence in their elected leaders,” Fresco says in Zeitgeist. The film’s narrator puts it another way. “We have to alter our behavior to force the power structure to the will of the people…”
“When we understand that it is technology, devised by human ingenuity, which frees humanity and increases our quality of life, we then realize that the most important focus we can have is on the intelligent management of the earth’s resources…” Nevermind who might do the managing. Just realize that if you happen to be a Christian, a classical liberal, or a tea partier, it won’t be you. Fresco declares, “If you give everybody a right to their own opinion, it becomes damaging.” Some animals would have to be more equal than others.
Here take note. It matters not whether the anticipated Maitreya will actually come, or whether New Age spirituality has any basis in reality, or whether Jacque Fresco is a fringe nutter. These beliefs may inform the behavior of the political Left and coalesce into a broad global movement away from individual rights which proves even more profound than the current trend. The mythology of 2012 and its anticipated shift in consciousness provides an ideal pivot point for repackaging discredited ideas in an esoteric and therefore attractive new package. By appealing to people’s spiritual hunger for transcendent meaning, the notion of conscious evolution could be used to rationalize both radical departures from established norms and the sanctioned persecution of those opposed to a brave new world.
While sudden global catastrophe is no more likely on December 21st than any other day, take the proposition of a cultural apocalypse very seriously. Moral authority remains a powerful thing, and a people who believe that your claim to individual rights hinders their conscious evolution will tread you under with glee.
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