Disclaimer 1: Yes, I am serious.
Disclaimer 2: This article spoils a major chunk of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
There have been conspiracy theorists as long as there has been an America — and long before that, to boot. In his book Idiot America, Charles Pierce theorizes that cranks are a deeply ingrained, even vital part of our national character. But the age of mass communication has warped nuttiness into a form like nothing we’ve seen before. Now the cranks can easily find each other. They can build communities. Like the Zeitgeist Movement.
An advocate of transitioning to a “resource-based economy” that rejects all currency in favor of a utopian social model, the group was founded by Peter Joseph, the writer, director, producer, editor and scorer of the three films of the Zeitgeist series. Made between 2007 and 2011, these “documentaries” are Joseph’s one-man exposé of the various and sundry giant conspiracies that run the cogs of our civilization.
Zeitgeist: The Movie tackles the “real” origins of Christianity, the “truth” about 9/11 and how the Federal Reserve controls America. Zeitgeist: Addendum features an explanation of money creation, a lengthy interview with Confessions of an Economic Hitman author John Perkins, an introduction to the Venus Project and a call for a boycott of the banking system. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward dives into discussions of human nature and social pathology, reiterates the need for a “resource-based economy,” and imagines a scenario in which people throw off the yokes of the banks.