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The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression

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Society is broken. We can design our way to a better one.

In our interconnected world, self-interest and social-interest are rapidly becoming indistinguishable. If current negative trajectories remain, including growing climate destabilization, biodiversity loss, and economic inequality, an impending future of ecological collapse and societal destabilization will make “pers
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Benbella Books
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James A Resource Based Economy is really our only salvation.

If you really want to learn more about the solutions that he is proposing. check out the Venus …more
A Resource Based Economy is really our only salvation.

If you really want to learn more about the solutions that he is proposing. check out the Venus Project which really explains the solution. Peter Joseph's documentaries specifically use The Venus Project and its founder Jacque Fresco.(less)

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Alexander Duncan
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
IS Peter Joseph just the latest in a long line of would-be revolutionaries who excel at criticizing capitalism while failing to explain how to replace the existing system without falling into authoritarianism or totalitarianism, or is he the real deal? While not a household name, Joseph is well-known in alternative and progressive circles as an avant-garde filmmaker whose Zeitgeist titles include The Movie (2007), Addendum (2008), and Moving Forward (2011), with a fourth title, InterReflections: ...more
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
it is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to review a non-fiction book that exists primarily to persuade people towards a certain ideology. it is inevitable that some people will disagree with it, and some will agree. basically, it's almost entirely subjective and based on opinion. so one has to bear that in mind when reading this, and other, reviews of the book. consequently, i'll focus more on the style of writing and suchlike rather than the ideology, although of course i'll have to talk about ...more
Neil Collins
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The New Human Rights Movement looks at the root causes to our social and environmental problems. It does an impressive job of shedding light on the structural nature of these issues, cutting through what is usually seen as disconnected failures or political corruption. One of the main problems we face as activists or simply as people trying to make sense of our world is that we tend to focus on symptoms and face a never ending, futile fight of trying to combat injustice. Luckily there is a more ...more
Neto Zires
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book opens up with a disclaimer: Peter Joseph does not have credentials, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take him seriously. Fair enough, but this author who has started a "movement" is unwilling to provide even a last name. It's indicative of his noncommittal nature, reluctance to face any kind of scrutiny, and his deflection of any criticism. He is verbose to present his ideas, which all come from a point of undeniable empirical knowledge. He fails to provide cogent, substantial argume ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
I read this book aloud to my sweetheart and my son. I found it extremely engaging and riveting and didn't want to put it down. We read it over the course of a few months and upon several occasions, i read until my voice threatened to leave me. Peter Joseph as usual minces no words but rather leads with an extensively studied facts and honest educated assessments.. He dives right to the very root structural causes to the social and economic problems that plague society today. He presents detailed ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
violence inherent in the system

"[R]acism, bigotry, and xenophobia, including resulting consequences such as minority-targeted police brutality, are ultimately linked to mechanisms of economic inequality and its consequences. Until economic inequality and its causes are reduced or stopped, bigotry and social justice on many levels will continue as a systemic result". Peter Joseph himself admits that just removing economic inequality is "not a complete solution" but it is the main focus of this book, which should be pretty obvi
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It's all very optimistic but the author doesn't really propose any ways of solving the age old problems which are exemplified by the tragedy of the commons, prisoners dilemma and others. It's all just utopia without a plan. I have a lot of sympathy for him as he appears to be an honest guy with good intentions but somewhat deluded in his unwavering belief in humankind. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Founder of the Zeitgeist movement proposes in this book a new perspective on the problems our societies have today, using and holistic approach borrowed form Systems Theory.

Following this systemic view, he links current problems of violence and health to our current socio-economic system that’s based on scarcity and competition. He cites numerous studies to prove that there is a direct link between unemployment and suicide. That prejudices like racism are not innate to humans but that it ha
Jason von Meding
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that I wish everyone would read. Peter Joseph covers all sorts of angles in this wide ranging work, based on the central argument that we cannot address the global problems we are facing within the existing economic paradigm. He made a great start to a discussion of practical solutions within the proposed new “model”, but I would have liked more specific detail. So good though, overall.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
This is a really in depth read stating the academic and intellectual foundations as to why Capitalism and our monetary system creates most of humanity's problems which are really features of capitalism and not bugs. It is a very dense read filled with studies, citations, and facts to back it all up. All very well done.

Even though it is a large book, there are only 6 "chapters" which are heavily segmented by various topical headers. The first 4 "chapters" deal with Capitalism's issues. The last
Jonathon Moore
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew going into reading this that it would be full of profound and sagacious ideas for changing the world for the better. I planned to highlight passages that I could ruminate on later. I ended up going through two highlighters. Every page has plausible actuality that could be discussed in perpetuity.

This is such a "must read" for everyone in my subjective opinion. The problem is that could be an Overton window for most people.

I called several bookstores and ordered this book. I called all th
Youssef Almkari
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A true holistic perspective of the current times. Scientifically inspired, this book develops a train of thought most efficient to achieving a sustainable society. It has become so obvious that the current outdated trends do nothing but push forth a destructive profit incentive, ignoring the overall good of the world itself.

Though this book might never hit the mainstream of awareness in my lifetime, it will be looked back upon as a pivotal moment in accurate human understanding of our synergist
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
theory-okay. just putting forth ideas from others-okay. once again "having a solution" but no actual plan presented to achieve the goal-no surprise. ...more
Sebastian Barrymore
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a loyal follower of the Zeitgeist documentaries I was bursting with anticipation to get my literary teeth into this book.

It’s been 10 years since first watching ’Zeitgeist The Movie’ and being introduced to the concept of a Resource Based Economy. It was a personal paradigm shift for me, which introduced me to the utopian notion that we could live in a world that wasn’t run by greed, inequality and ultimately money. My world view has never been the same, and I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Joseph
Sophie Rayton
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very well researched and argued book. It is quite long though and the chapters especially are very long. I hope this material is taught all over the world and we're all able to move forward with this New Human Rights Movement. ...more
Luciana Nasser
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I liked the book and I agree with most of the autor's ideas. When I first read the book's description, his proposals and reflexions sounded very much in tune with my own thoughts, which was the main reason why I was interested in the publication and decided to buy it.


A big issue I have with this book though is that the author can't seem to control his huge grudge against the Capitalism system and that affects his rational judge
Winter Haydn
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to the audiobook format over and over, always picking up new insights and focusing my own perspectives.

This book is simply the most vital analysis of modern life yet published .... we need to be discussing these matters openly in every venue possible. The historic trends illustrated by Peter Joseph make the overall picture crystal clear. What we call "society" has generally been nothing more than the self-serving machinery of a relative few, once born out of tradition and see
Michael Iverson
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has increasingly become politically and socially active in recent years, this book has been a huge breath of fresh air and acts as a way to "recalibrate" the goal of a world without money or markets, but through a 21st century lens. Peter Joseph helps show through material means with given technology how we are able to make a post scarcity world and that such a world is very realistic through ephemeralization. Now more than ever we have the actual means to create an incredible wor ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you are considering reading this work, simply start in Chapter 5 and realize that the previous four chapters are a catalog of woes. Don't expect the fifth chapter to provide much in the way of real ideas other than to tear everything down and start over with a benevolent dictator of design. The problems cited are real. The solutions are not.

For those choosing the audio version, don't. The narration by the author leaves much to be desired.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most important book I've read this year and I can't recommend this book too strongly. Anyone caring about people and the planet we occupy simply must read this book. I can fully support the review listed below from the book's back cover.

"This book is a fascinating read, and a vitally important one for anyone who is tired of the status quo, seeks to understand why it is so entrenched, and wants to do something about it."
- New York Journal of Books -
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS REALLY GOOD. Rereading immediately. It is convincingly laid bare that the socioeconomic track we are currently on finds most of its problems due to the market-economy. First principles thinking to facilitate a real economy is needed. There is more than enough to go around, abundance is possible. This is the time to start thinking about our transition to a techno utopia.
Mark Walker
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read proposal for establishing a sustainable and just economy and society. Peter Joseph skillfully identifies the causes of our current malady—describing with unique clarity the origins and effects of the usual suspects of global warming, institutional racism, and extreme wealth inequity. The solutions the author provides may not be the first that come to mind, but a convincing case is made for each of them firmly establishing that these are practicable courses of action.

The propo
Tõnu Vahtra
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title is a bit misleading because majority of the book speaks about the problems of oppression and merely the last 10% about the proposed solutions (it remains unclear how to get to the solutions). The book explains how most social and economic problems originate from inequality which in turn is created, amplified and maintained by market economy. Racial and most other types of discrimination actually have their roots in class conflict. There was a long and interesting discussion around stru ...more
Sebastian N
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is loaded with arguments backed up by science and research. The best part is that it’s put together in a holistic way. I’ve followed Peter’s work from before and I’m not disappointed after reading this book. His reasoning is not only logical but also stands on shared human values. I’ve read some critical reviews criticizing the book’s title, and what he advocates as being utopian ideas etc. But those arguments already have been debunked by science; we are conditioned into a system and ...more
Falk Broesgen
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Is it really the system?
That is a bit like the question off: Who came first, the egg or the chicken?

People know, that the world is unfair, that people are being exploited, that poverty is sometimes caused by the very way of our living, that we destroy ecosystems.... the Planet. Not to mention all those idiotic wars!
We are living a vicious circle and no system can change that! Do people change their behavior?!? Basically everybody I know goes shopping and picks the cheapest possible offer, especi
Colin Fyfe
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Though Joseph has good intentions as well as presents with an abundance of empirical evidence. I had issues with the overall structure and the lack of scientific based arguments presented. Though it may be formulaic, there is a reason why all "pop books" follow a layout of: presenting an argument, backing it up with evidence, and then inferring conclusions that go back to the main thesis of the book. Without, writing comes off as non-sensical as well as full of biases and opinion entitlements. D ...more
Jan 11, 2021 added it
The sociological, economic, biological, and cultural forces that combined to create me have determined that I should appreciate this book at the same time as I have quite a few reservations about it. Joseph lays out a compelling case for the multifarious ways in which capitalism is failing most of the people on this planet, not to mention the planet itself. His claim that capitalism is actually far less efficient that we think is far more reasonable than I had expected it to be. That said, he ma ...more
Simon Parent
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. It's a summary or all the socialist, techno-centric, ecology, and social books I've read in the last few years, culminating in clear explanations and an overload of enthusiastic agreement with everything that was said.

Though he detaches himself from a Marxist, Communist, or Anarchist approach, he references Marx often, and all of his prescriptions are exactly what I see in Communist orgs. He says that since we can now buy 3D printers, the "means of production" are beco
Paolo Simonetti
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: communism
This book provides a general, though detailed, theoric preparation for those who fight for human rights recognition. The entire work is explicitly based on a structuralist perspective: it examines today socioeconomic structure and points out those elements which make it oppressive for many people, such as the institutional racism in the US. Joseph's style is very persuasive and provides lots of references and documentation in every page.
Personally, I think that a well-prepared marxist would str
Christian Dechery
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched and to the point

Peter Joseph has a way with words few other writers have. He's not one to use many literary tricks to seem brighter than he is. And this, I think, is where he excels, because you'll hardly find a more to-the-point-cut-the-bullshit author than him.
The book is very good, although for those who are informed about the real nature of the status quo, nothing new. I hope there will be more where he can extend on some ideas where he just scratched the surface, and o
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Peter Joseph is an American independent film-maker and musician.He is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement and on the Steering Committee of "Project Peace on Earth."
He is also a social activist best known as the man behind the Zeitgeist film trilogy.
Peter Joseph has written, directed, narrated, scored and produced three documentary films called Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007), Zeitgeist: Addendum (20

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