Zeitgeist: The Movie

Zeitgeist: The Movie is a documentary film by Peter Joseph originally produced in 2007.  It asserts the Christ myth theory and a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas, including alternative theories for the parties responsible for the September 11 attacks in 2001 and that bankers manipulate the international monetary system and the media in order to consolidate power.

Part I – The Greatest Story Ever Told – questions religions as being god-given stories, arguing that the Christian religion specifically is mainly derived from other religions, astronomical assertions, astrological myths and traditions, which in turn were derived from or shared elements with other traditions. In furtherance of the Jesus myth hypothesis this part argues that the historical Jesus is a literary and astrological hybrid, nurtured politically.

Part II – All The World’s A Stage – uses integral footage of several 9/11 conspiracy theory films and claims that the September 11 attacks were either orchestrated or allowed to happen by elements within the United States government in order to generate mass fear, initiate and justify the War on Terror, provide a pretext for the curtailment of civil liberties, and produce economic gain.

Part III – Don’t Mind The Men Behind The Curtain – argues that three wars of the United States during the twentieth century were waged purely for economic gain by what the film refers to as “international bankers”, a spin on the Illuminati and Priory de Scion mythology. The film alleges that certain events were engineered as excuses to enter into war including the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. This section also claims the existence of a secret agreement to merge the United States, Canada and Mexico into a “North American Union”.

An updated version of Zeitgeist released in 2012 removes the North American Union section among other changes.

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