Ed Driscoll

Zeitgeist: For Those Who Think the Matrix is a Documentary

As Bryon York writes in the Washington Examiner, “Tucson shooter obsessed with bizarre Internet movie:”

By all accounts, an Internet documentary named “Zeitgeist” was the favorite movie of accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner. Created in 2007 by New York-based conspiracy merchant Peter Joseph, “Zeitgeist” is a two-hour mash-up of old and new conspiracy theories involving religion, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Federal Reserve system. Its message is simple: “We’ve been lied to. We’ve been lied to by every institution.” “He wanted to watch it all the time,” a teenage friend of Loughner’s told the Arizona Republic. “It was cool at first. But then it got weird. It was all he wanted to do.”

“Zeitgeist” has three parts. The first tells us that Christianity is a myth, and that religion in general conditions us to believe other myths. The second tells us that the most powerful of those other myths is 9/11 — we call it an act of terrorism when it fact it was an inside job perpetrated by the U.S. government. And the third part tells us the real powers behind 9/11 and the other myths are central bankers. They’re making the myths for money, while we’re just being duped.

“Christianity, along with all other related theologies, is an historical fraud,” the narration begins. “Zeitgeist” posits a sort of Zodiac-based foundation for all faiths and gives us insights like, “Jesus’ solar Piscean personification will end when the sun enters the Age of Aquarius.”

Funny, I don’t recall seeing that film running during the last National Review Cruise….

On the other hand, a speech from the New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh sounds like it would cut perfectly into the above movie, at least how York describes it:

In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama and his dissatisfaction with the direction of U.S. foreign policy. […]He also charged that U.S. foreign policy had been hijacked by a cabal of neoconservative “crusaders” in the former vice president’s office and now in the special operations community.

“What I’m really talking about is how eight or nine neoconservative, radicals if you will, overthrew the American government. Took it over,” he said of his forthcoming book. “It’s not only that the neocons took it over but how easily they did it — how Congress disappeared, how the press became part of it, how the public acquiesced.”

Hersh then brought up the widespread looting that took place in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. “In the Cheney shop, the attitude was, ‘What’s this? What are they all worried about, the politicians and the press, they’re all worried about some looting? … Don’t they get it? We’re gonna change mosques into cathedrals. And when we get all the oil, nobody’s gonna give a damn.'”

“That’s the attitude,” he continued. “We’re gonna change mosques into cathedrals. That’s an attitude that pervades, I’m here to say, a large percentage of the Joint Special Operations Command.”

He then alleged that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before briefly becoming the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his successor, Vice Adm. William McRaven, as well as many within JSOC, “are all members of, or at least supporters of, Knights of Malta.”

Van Jones’ Red/Green enviro-truther-communism rhetoric wouldn’t be too far of a stretch, either.

Incidentally, if you’d like plenty of anti-New Age blog posts served straight, no chaser, the Macho Response has you more than covered.