Peter Joseph on the market paradox.

Erin sits down with Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist Movement – an organization that believes social issues like poverty and pollution are the direct result of .

Erin sits down with Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist Movement – an organization that believes social issues like poverty and pollution are the direct result of .

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  • Folopolis

    He says that the reason 3rd world countries are in the state they're in is because of the market without backing it up, he just states it as a given.  He actually does this a lot, but this is the most blatant and easiest on my part to call out.  The natural state of man is complete poverty to the extent of, "I hope I can get a meal out of this antelope before a lion comes to take the rest".  It is man's eternal desire for more that has lifted us out of that state into our relatively comfortable existence today.  The market economy is a natural extension and further enabler of that desire.  Using India as an example, it's poverty isn't related to the market.  They've always had a market economy going back to the Delhi Sultanate, but they're market is starved by their limited industrial capacity.  With technology spreading from the West into India, their industrial capacity will grow and lift them out of poverty using the market as the mechanism to do so just as we have in the West.

  • Joseph Moya

    He most definitely is. Glad he's here now.

  • Alchemy

    There is a problem. Crude oil is used for so many more things than "energy" production. Without it many of the functions of our system will fail. The best example is plastic and nylons. Many technologies that we have cannot manage without plastics, and that includes engineering/ mechanical technology. The other issue is that there is growing scientific evidence that crude oil is not scarce and not ever likely to be. That does not mean we should abuse it, but it can be used cleanly too as well as responsibly.

  • Maxx McGerk

    Cyclical consumption is not necessarily a bad thing when you consider what can be consumed. Free markets will stop overconsumption of consumables that are scarce. The market price system takes care of that.

  • seemlyme

    Thank you so much

  • fariborz607

    Peter Joseph ,we love you and every ounce of effort you put out there.
    what a brilliant human being,I honor you !!

  • mountaingoat1003

    Peter Joseph is eons ahead of his time. Eons.

  • C K

    Great interview, though showing it twice seems counterproductive.

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  • dreaminginnoother

    I love listening to PJ. I know he's controversial and mostly marginalized, but he is clearly a genius forward thinker. His ability to say so much so eloquently is very rare.

  • Damnshane

    Here's a suggestion Peter…your ideas can probably be tested or started out with a small community. A small community started from the ground up and molded around your ideas. Maybe you can seek donations from persons globally to start it

  • Paul Page

    I concur. Trying to convince captains of industries (business leaders) and politicians (mostly lawyers) that the planet is environmentally deteriorating as a result of climate change is like convincing southern slave owners of the 1700's and 1800's to improve the working conditions of the slaves they exploit.

  • Paul Page

    FDR's Socialism saved America from Predatory Capitalism.

  • Paul Page

    I hope Seafood corporations like Trident realizes that we don't live on a finite planet. And to what Peter alluded to earlier, the planet will run out of fish. Which will destroy seafood companies like Trident.

  • Paul Page

    Capitalism, monetary market economics, and the monetary system are becoming more archaic. Labor for income is code word for corporate indentured servitude. Or the wage/ debt slave. The monetary capitalist market are based on cyclical consumption, greed, perpetual debt, and industrial waste. Peter Joseph: "Capital gains and dividends are the largest driver of income inequality."

  • Matt Stone

    Probably the tightest presentation Peter has given. Kudos to the interviewer who gave him a chance to really get his perspective across, while also keeping him from drifting off into the philosophical babble that often detracts from the core brilliance he possesses.

  • Chet Hawkins

    Erin asks, "What qualifies you to create a robust framework for the economy?" This is a loaded question. The term economy must be understood first. What is the goal of economy? Do you see? If the goal is differential advantage (individual wealth) Peter would reject that notion. Yet this is exactly the critique that so-called economists will take. That notion is merely and completely immoral. That is the issue. Economy is properly defined as 'The management of all resources in a wise (moral) manner for the progress and betterment of all'. This proper definition underscores Peter's point and differentiates the misleading nature of such a question.

  • Chet Hawkins

    As I expressed before, like I said before, … heavens, Peter! I love your ideas, but drop the self-referencing appositives. Ephemeralize your speech!