Peter Joseph Quotes

Who on Earth is Peter Joseph?

Peter Joseph is an American independent filmmaker and activist, best known for the Zeitgeist film series and his book 'The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression'.

Born January 01, 1979

Books by Peter Joseph


Best 22 Quotes by Peter Joseph

“Everyone is so locked into the current way of doing things, they never see the larger picture or other, more responsible and efficient possibilities. A REAL economy is always wanting to limit consumption/manufacturing as much as possible by assuring the strategically "best" and "adaptable" productions at all times, while keeping balance with human needs and public health.

It is a total shift in intent than what we have today.”

Peter Joseph

“I seriously hope all the things i talk about are erroneous and false.”

Peter Joseph

“I spent the beginning of my focus on activism by doing what most everyone else was doing; blaming other people and institutions. Don’t like the war? Let’s blame the president, congress, or lobbyists. Don’t like ecological disregard? Let’s blame this or that corrupt corporation or some regulatory body for poor performance. Don’t like being poor and socially immobile? Let’s blame government coercion and interference in this free market utopia everyone keeps talking about.

The sobering truth of the matter is that the only thing to blame is the dynamic, causal unfolding of system expression itself on the cultural level. In other words, none of us create or do anything in isolation – it’s impossible. We are system-bound both physically and psychologically; a continuum. Therefore our view of causality with respect to societal change can only be truly productive if we seek and source the most relevant sociological influences we can and begin to alter those effects from the root causes.”

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“I'm less interested in what people think and more interested in how they came to think it and how they maintain it as valid.”

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“Imposed philosophical morality (laws/rules) will not save the world. Only a calculated tangible plan to alter our circumstances so such actions pose no merit will stop immoral behaviour.”

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“Make no mistake. The greatest destroyer of ecology. The greatest source of waste, depletion and pollution. The greatest purveyor of violence, war, crime, poverty, animal abuse and inhumanity. The greatest generator of personal and social neurosis, mental disorders, depression, anxiety. Not to mention the greatest source of social paralysis, stopping us from moving into new methodologies for personal health, global sustainability and progress on this planet, is not some corrupt government or legislation.
Not some rogue corporation or banking cartel.
Not some flaw of human nature and not some secret cabal that controls the world.
It is the socioeconomic system itself at its very foundation.”

Peter Joseph

“Nationalism is just racism with a flag.”

Peter Joseph

“Nothing produced can be allowed to maintain a lifespan longer than what can be endured in order to continue cyclical consumption.”

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“Our entire system, in an economic sense, is based on restriction. Scarcity and inefficiency are the movers of money; the more there is of any resource the less you can charge for it. The more problems there are, the more opportunities there are to make money.

This reality is a social disease, for people can actually gain off the misery of others and the destruction of the environment. Efficiency, abundance and sustainability are enemies of our economic structure, for they are inverse to the mechanics required to perpetuate consumption.

This is profoundly critical to understand, for once you put this together you begin to see that the one billion people currently starving on this planet, the endless slums of the poor and all the horrors of a culture due to poverty and pravity are not natural phenomenon due to some natural human order or lack of earthly resources. They are products of the creation, perpetuation and preservation of artificial scarcity and inefficiency.”

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“The most dominant cultural attributes maintained are the ones that are reinforced by your environment.”

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“The population suffers from a fear of change, for their conditioning assumes a static identity, and challenging ones belief system, usually results in insult and apprehension, for being wrong is erroneously associated with failure. When in fact, to be proven wrong should be a celebrated, for it is elevating someone to a new level of understanding.
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Peter Joseph

“The real revolution is the revolution of values.”

Peter Joseph

“To be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it is elevating someone to a new level of understanding, furthering awareness.”

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“Until we begin to see each other as ourselves, nothing will change. We are one planet.”

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"The New Human Rights Movement" Quotes

“I doubt many reading this would decide to re-plaster a ceiling that keeps leaking every time it rains, knowing the real leak is on the roof of the building. Yet our localized view of the human condition is still plastering away. To stop the leak, we need to seek out and resolve root causes that continue to lead to social oppression, ecological disregard, and other influences that reduce human well-being. It has only been in the modern age that sociological research has provided powerful evidence of what’s needed to resolve these problems. These new frameworks or models for understanding society must be applied if we expect to see true social progress.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

“If you think about it, you will discover an interesting paradox to market logic: the fact that capitalism is a scarcity-based economic system that actually seeks infinite consumption. In other words, it favors a threshold of goods scarcity to secure competitive profits, theorized as a model to properly manage scarcity, optimizing resource use and distribution. Yet, at the same time, the system demands more and more human dissatisfaction and 'want' in order to function and grow. It rewards consumption, with no inherent incentive to conserve anything.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

“Only 20 percent of the world’s wealthier population consumes a massive 80 percent of the world’s goods.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

“The market economy is based on cyclical consumption and it really doesn’t matter what is being produced, how it is being produced, or why. If demand or production slows, so too does the movement of money, and when this happens, the economy contracts, systemically reducing the standard of living for many. Ecologically, this means capitalism is structurally oblivious to humanity’s existence on a finite planet. The system wants to produce, not conserve.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

“The rise of automation breaks the need for human commodification and dehumanization, assuming we adjust accordingly to remove labor-for-income as a universal economic requirement.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

“The United States, which is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, consumes 25 percent of the world’s energy production and 50 percent of the world’s production of raw materials, and produces 40 percent of the world’s waste.”

Peter Joseph
The New Human Rights Movement

"Zeitgeist: Addendum" Quotes

“The real revolution is the revolution of consciousness and each one of us first needs to eliminate the divisionary, materialistic noise we have been conditioned to think is true; while discovering, amplifying, and aligning with the signal coming from our true empirical oneness. It is up to you.”

Peter Joseph
Zeitgeist: Addendum

Products by Peter Joseph

“The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight, or scream "Allahu Akbar" before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear 5000 dollar suits and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business.”

Peter Joseph
Zeitgeist: Addendum