So we saw that Zeitgeist 3 the other day, because people keep going on about it… and to be fair, I was a bit suspicious about the whole thing because there’s a fairly major overlap between Zeitgeist 1 and the things that conspiracy cranks keep going on about… but I had an evening with nothing-doing, so I watched it.
Fair enough. Currency. It’s a problem. It takes a long time to sink in, just how much of a problem it is – years… but eventually, it does kindof sink in and you realise that the whole thing is one giant scam. It’s a ponzi scheme where banks rob money from the future in the shape of inflation. It’s not a tax, it’s fraud, pure and simple, and precipitating from that are meta-frauds.
So anyway, Z3 is pretty good at pointing out the problems – which are becoming untenable. On the solutions though, they do what geeks always do when they want to “fix” the way society is run…
… THEY DESIGN A FUTURE CITY!
This does not work.
Z3 goes on about someone or other not understanding Systems-Design. Z3 does not understand systems-design. They’ve designed a city that is essentially a single-cell. Cities aren’t single cells… and those that have been designed from the top down as single cells have failed (and yes, it has been tried). This idea that you can solve systems-problems by combining 1930s fascist architecture with 1970s Sci-Fi totally fails to recognise that a city is not a single cell, but a collection of cells – which at the smallest coherent level, are (not buildings, but) individual people.
Z3 have not designed an ecosystem, they’ve designed a terrarium. It won’t work, and outside (increasingly unlikely to happen) experiments in Dubai or China, it’s not going to happen.
Here are two videos that I’ve embedded before… but they’re worth looking at again
and photos of an art-expo from the Eden Project… which is not connected to this in any way whatsoever. Looks cool though. Looks like Silent Running or Logan’s Run or something.
This is Logan’s Run
It’s got Jenny Agutter in it, which instantly makes it brilliant.