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Summary

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 "personal success" virtually meaningless. Yet our broken social system incentivizes behavior that will only make our problems worse. If true human rights progress is to be achieved today, it is time we dig deeper - rethinking the very foundation of our social system.

In this engaging, important work, Peter Joseph, founder of the world's largest grassroots social movement - the Zeitgeist Movement - draws from economics, history, philosophy, and modern public-health research to present a bold case for rethinking activism in the 21st century.

Arguing against the long-standing narrative of universal scarcity and other pervasive myths that defend the current state of affairs, The New Human Rights Movement illuminates the structural causes of poverty, social oppression, and the ongoing degradation of public health, and it ultimately presents the case for an updated economic approach. Joseph explores the potential of this grand shift and how we can design our way to a world where the human family has become truly sustainable.

The New Human Rights Movement reveals the critical importance of a unified activism working to overcome the inherent injustice of our system. This book warns against what is in store if we continue to ignore the flaws of our socioeconomic approach, while also revealing the bright and expansive future possible if we succeed. Will you join the movement?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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A critique of modern western capitalist society

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This book attempts to explain the sources of social problems in today's western capitalist societies, in particular those of the USA and UK, and in my opinion does a good job at this. Overall 95% of the time was spent identifying and explaining issues and their causes. Only 5% of the time was spent on proposing corrective strategies.

Unfortunately there was no critical analysis of the author's proposed corrective strategies, which left them unconvincing. I think one of Peter Joseph's next steps should be to test and critique the proposed corrective strategies, making them more robust and so more likely to be implemented and survive. He has already done a very good job of critiquing current social systems.

Lastly, only someone with a true love of humanity would spend the amount of time and effort Peter Joseph has on these topics, I look forward to his future work.

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Peter has got a good brain

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The way Peter presents his logic is brilliant. It really makes sense to me. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand our current societal and economic woes. There is not really much else I can say, Peter says it much better, so have a listen.

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  • 15-06-18

inspiring, informative, endlessly insightful

This book should be required reading for everyone. learned so much.ginna bw sharing it with everyone who'll listen!

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Captivating Common Sense Read

A thought provoking and inspiring start point, analysing the inherent and predictable flaws of our current systems, while providing an overview and basic framework for the drastic change that we need as a species. This is the beginning of the conversation and a valuable tool for those lacking a focus for their for their activist energies.

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A reminder of what's possible and why.

Very interesting and insightful listenen, at times I can see the world for what it is and why is it, thanks to his words.

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A grand challenge for design

Great in-depth commentary of the current state of western economic culture. The 'reinventing' chapters, in my opinion, seemed a little rushed.

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A MUST READ /LISTEN

What a great book it will open your mind to the current issues of today’s society and it’s socioeconomic problems. Joseph has a nack of explaining the different aspects of our troublesome society and relating them back to the real world that can be understood in laymen’s terms.

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  • Michael
  • 15-07-17

A Great Introduction to the new trains of thought

For those who think that the world is screwed or are struggling to see how civilisation can survive the next 30 years let alone 100 yrs, this is a book for you. It recognises the root causes of many of the western world's woes and explains the geisty ideals of a civilisation that has sustainability at the core and a far better potential future for us, if we work towards it.

If you want it in a different form check out the movie Zeitgeist Moving Forward, also by Peter Joseph, it's available for free online.

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  • Carlos Rangel
  • 11-07-17

Concise and Valid

I bought the audio version of this book. Peter's voice makes it easy to process the complex problems our world faces today and provides valid and concise arguments and solutions.

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  • Alexander Germain
  • 18-08-17

amazing beautifully written

elegant and detailed. the most important book I've ever read. everyone needs to read this book

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  • Brian Combs
  • 08-05-18

Marx had the same ideas, sounds good on paper

I pride myself on open mindedness and ability to understand all sides of various issues. Therefore, I listened carefully to the tenants of this book. Sounds great but impossible and history proven that more people starve under such idealistic, central power driven concepts.

Certain concepts regarding the inability of the free market solve environmental and social problems on its own are certainly valid, extreme income inequality is obviously a concern, but the solutions offered would quite frankly create a world where everyone suffers, not just a few.

The author would offer that in the animal world, predators and prey cooperate and eat each other for the benefit of all, the healthy and strong should be taken for food in a lottery system along with the weak and injured, with the outcome being a utopia where all animals have full bellies, no stress and fear and all is well.

The hypocrisy of the book itself, being copyrighted with warning of use, is diametrically opposed to the strong suggestion in the book that all intellectual property and technology be openly shared with the public for the benefit of all.

Read with an open mind, but this book is more snake oil and miracle drug than reality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-17

Fantastic discourse on connected human issues

Eloquently illustrates seemingly unrelated problems connected thru root cause. Descriptive narration of interconnected paths to solutions currently underway.

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  • Balathayaparan Thayaparan
  • 20-08-17

Sustainability, abundance, efficiency, resource management scientifically

🌎 As long as people continue to see themselves as separate from everything else, they lend themselves to being completely enslaved. We can not separate anything from everything. Success depends on how well we relate to everything around us. Joy comes from that bliss of connectedness. I believe that unarmed truth and love will have the final word in reality. To love; you should have good heart. I am a good person until I see a person better than my standard of goodness. Being good is the progress towards a worthy cause. Love is God. Whoever lives in love, lives forever. How selfish it is to try to keep something forever? Love is all about nourishing, nurturing, sharing and expanding the love within you for all. The principle to which we adhere to is that we have kindness of love at heart for the whole of mankind.  As long as there is the unnecessary differences within us; we can not live peacefully so we have to eliminate all the unnecessary differences among us so we can love all. People abilities may vary but not there true love. If we love a person/ God for a reason then we love the reason but not the person. No reason is the reason to love the person because true love never fails. So do not compare or measure the true love as first or the last but love all truly. If you love people truly then you can understand people. If you don't love then you don't understand people at all.

People are controlled by system why?
The Cyclical Consumption is the current economy all over the World. It is making the scarcity problems of the earth finite resources to deteriorate day by day. Current Monetary System is legalised theft. Real money is Gold and Silver. Scarcity gives the money more value. Real money won't lose it's value. When Governments stay away from Gold & Silver then very easy to transfer the wealth / resources to upper class the Rich (Corporatocracy) Elite. When the Governments are printing out more new fiat currency with reserve banks, our old currency is losing its purchasing power everyday. They are printing millions of currency everyday. All governments and laws are existing right now to transfer wealth to upper class the rich elite. The USA Government & other Governments are in many countries, bailed the investment banks & financial institutions in 2008 against the majority of the people. There is no democracy in any countries. Because of the Money System based on profits motive only above all else even humans lives and well-being. So, we do not have freedom to protect our values with the money so on. The violence, bankruptcy & all the negativities are build into the Monetary System of our society. All are owned (including ourselves) by Reserve Bank. Which is private cartel the corporation. So, in legal system, we are legally considered as chattel the properties. They make money in the capital markets with our birth certificates. They do not consider us as Humans. That's the truth. We are in the invisible war with the Elites (Corporatocracies). We have to fight for our Freedom. Resource Based Economy is the Solution. We have to declare the earth resources as the heritage of all the people of this world. So everyone has access to it. Please have your research about zeitgeist movement then you know the truth more. 

 Truth About Health/Drugs Industry Because Of It Your Life At High Risk. The drug industry is a 1/2 trillion dollars a year worldwide conglomerate. Almost 300 billions dollars just in North America. That is really big business. What would happen if everyone were well? There is no money in health. You see, good health makes a lot of sense but it doesn't make a lot of dollars. Because everything they do is toxic. Every drug they use, prescription drugs, all drugs are liver toxic, bar none. If you've had amalgam fillings put in your mouth by dentists. It is highly toxic. There's cancer because most of the chemos are themselves carcinogens. To view the tumor as the cancer and we know the tumor is not the cancer. The cancer industry is 200 billions dollars a year. The more work they get, the more profit there is. You have to dismantle; If the truth ever came out about what we would need to do. 30% of people of females in America are at risk of getting, will get cancer of the breast. The ones that are already dead have been grossly mistreated by the medical profession and by the government that supposedly is supposed to encourage free research and development of all possibilities. Why would medical doctors who studied medicine and practice medicine and are heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies why would they go and look into vitamins? That they never had the answer orthomolecular. And as more and more of our population start taking their health into their own hands, there's going to be even more and more of changes. It can't go on the way it is. The system is failing apart. We must make nutrition the primary prevention strategy for the population. You are what you eat. You are everything that you have ever done to yourself. The choices you make directly affect the outcome of your life.

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  • Justin Thiel
  • 26-09-17

A victimized perspective, but good overall.

A general viewpoint of Joseph seems to be the fact that he sees many of the problems in society through the lens of a victim. That the structure of society is to blame, instead of the individual choices we each make which collectively create and support this structure.

I feel that each of us who continue to use our free-will choices to support a socioeconomic system that we do not prefer are to blame and that structure we live in is merely a result of those collective choices.

The last chapter on “solutions” was my favorite and I’ll probably listen to it a few more times.

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  • Philip I. Kyson
  • 09-08-17

Mind opening!

Just when you think you're starting to open the door to this world someone comes along and takes out the whole bloody wall. Why does it need to be so f@#king difficult folks? Thanks Peter, shining a light for those awake and willing to focus on what's really going on, on this unfortunate planet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-18

Everyone should listen to this!

Brilliantly written, effective in illustrating the inefficiency of capitalism, a broken system that creates too much economic disparity.

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  • Matthew E Wescott
  • 01-07-18

truth

it is time to recognize your brother, love one another and stop raping our mother.