politics

The Zombie as Barometer of Capitalist Anxiety

The Zombie as Barometer of Capitalist Anxiety

The modern incarnation of the zombie, as seen strewn across pop culture horror novels and films in ever-increasing numbers, is easily recognized and radically different from its historical roots; any member of our modern Western culture can spot the gray, often rotting flesh, the black eyes, the dishevelled appearance, the shuffling gait, the wretched moaning, and, of course, the bloody mouths flecked with fresh flesh and detritus.

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

There are few things quite so mis-understood by humans as their own psyche and behaviours. A few examples of our distortions from reality include concepts such as the existence of 'good and evil' people, or of a human having a distinctly separate 'mind and body' and hence having separate 'mental' and 'physical' health. Such old superstitions are still passed around human cultures today, even decades after evidence that shows them to be irrelevant has passed from the cutting edge of science.

Democracy – From Power to Process

Democracy – From Power to Process

For as long as there have been humans, there has been some form of central authority to manage decision-making. Whether it has been the elder, the shaman, the chief, the king or the president, most societies throughout history have established their decision-making around a central figure or group which it deems most wise or knowledgeable. The problem with a central authority is that it almost always generates corruption.

Power of TZM: Our Message

Power of TZM: Our Message

TZM Charter

When I think about the world, and how we interact with it, I often wonder not just at the surface assumptions, prejudices, rallying cries, slogans, mottos, and platitudes (eg., We Are the 99%, Mo' Money Mo' Power, The Audacity of Hope), but on the underlying ideas that support them. Now, don't get me wrong, a clever quip or inspiring phrase delivered at the right moment can be inspiring to a supporter, or devastating to an opponent, but what any great and powerful social movement is really made up of is presuppositions.

A Letter to the World's Government Ministers: Let's Put Them All In the Picture

A Letter to the World's Government Ministers: Let's Put Them All In the Picture

This week, I have sent the following letter to British Prime Minister, David Cameron. I would like to invite TZM members to adapt this letter as appropriate and send it to every senior government minister and newspaper in their country. Let's leave ourselves in no doubt that they have all gotten the message:

How Can We Get There?

How Can We Get There?

Often, when engaging the public on the subject of TZM and a post-scarcity society, I am asked a question like "How do we get there?" in the sense of what methods can we use to gain support and move society into a new zeitgeist, or how can we collect the resources necessary to build a new infrastructure?

Response to The KONY 2012 Phenomenon | TZMUK

Response to The KONY 2012 Phenomenon | TZMUK

Recently, a viral phenomenon flared up as a result of a video campaign entitled ‘Kony 2012′, which encourages the viewer to become passionate about chasing down a man named Joseph Kony, who is apparently involved in gang warfare, rape, severe child abuse, slavery, murder and the like in Uganda and it’s neighboring countries. This is obviously extremely inhumane and abhorrent behavior to say the least.

Moving Even More Forward: Addendum (or, how I learned to relax and love the change)

Moving Even More Forward: Addendum (or, how I learned to relax and love the change)

Having finished watching "Gasland" (on YouTube, not mega upload, thank you very much) an hour ago, I feel really sick to my stomach. I would like to apologize again for working in the oil and gas industry. The last job I had was preparing a refinery to accept natural gas piped in from Marselis, Pennsylvania so that they could convert it (ethane) into ethylene, which they then polymerized (I think) into poly-ethylene, or plastic. This is where it comes from.

The Zeitgeist Movement Greek Chapter - Press Release regarding the events on 12/2/2012 in Greece

The Zeitgeist Movement Greek Chapter - Press Release regarding the events on 12/2/2012 in Greece

It is more than obvious the failure of the economic system which cannot meet the needs of the general population. Nevertheless, we see that often we focus our attention and let loose our anger on individuals, certain behaviors or institutions as the main cause of the problems we face. We talk about corrupt political entities, corporate greed, evil banks etc.

We will have to slowly start questioning whether these in fact constitute the true root causes and are not merely symptoms of a backward and obsolete socioeconomic system.

Moving Even More Forward

Moving Even More Forward

I breathed a sigh of relief this afternoon as I realized my first attempt at a blog; "Moving Forward with ‘Moving Forward’ " had been published. Somebody must think I'm on the right track. So now I’d like to expand on some of my ideas and maybe present some new ones...The first one took me a few days to write and I struggled to keep it short and thus readable....

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