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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?

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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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The most important book of our time

The most comprehensive analysis of the problems of our time and how to solve them.

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Let farmers do the farming

Utopian thinking. Read about the history of centrally planned economies before jumping on board with these ideas.

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  • 22-10-19

Great analysis and vision of a better society

Everyone should listen to this - a really good analysis of the dysfunctional economic system, how it harms us all and what we can do about it.

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Exceptional.

This book reveals the nasty truth about what really lies at the root of our socio-economic problems. Extraordinary. Must-read title.

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It will change the way you view society.

Joseph uses logic, comprehensive research and his huge intellect to highlight what's wrong with current society. And gives hope for forming a better one.

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Hard going, but stick with it

At first I didn’t like this book because it was too heavy on use of technical terms, which made it almost on fathomable for me. But after the shaky start, it started to become more listenable to.
Ultimately this book is about the divide between the rich and the poor, how people are dying as a result and what we do to resolve it. There is nothing to contentious in what is presented, and that you have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
Whilst it is a heavy lesson, it is a valuable one and helps to put in perspective what is going on in the world. I recommend it.

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  • 24-07-18

Disappointing - waffle with no substance

While I completely agree with the stated objective, I found the book to be a long list of complaints and pseudo-facts without any substance or robust evidence.
Only right at the end did it move on to how to address the stated issues, but this was far short of any kind of workable "systemic" solution or new structure. Instead it was just a handful of tactics with no new structure behind them.

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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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  • 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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  • Fan of Fans
  • 13-10-17

Very intelligently written

Couldn't stop listening. Very eye opening even when I've immersed myself in related content the past year. Highly recommend.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 11-09-18

Skip the first 38 chapters

I was hoping for some innovative ideas related to monetary systems, a detailed outline of a plan, a new system but got none of that. the first 38 of 41 chapters (Audible chapters don't align with hardcopy chapters) weren't about reinventing anything or about any movement. instead is was filled with quasi facts, mostly opinions about what is wrong with the current economy.

Before I get to that, I'll list the positive attributes: Peter Joseph delivers a solid narration as he's done with his previous works. The last two chapters do actually mention a few ways forward but goes into hardly no detail and most of the facts he chooses to support his claims are highly selective and don't take reality into account.

Now that's out the way... the first 90% of this book is a stream of misguided fallacies that sound legit at first pass but don't stand up to any scrutiny. It is a one sided propaganda push, not objective at all and the fact the vast majority of the book is dedicated strictly to ridiculing capitalism gives you insight to the legitimacy of the rest of the work. I am by no means on the far right and I know capitalism has its shortfalls, hence why I picked the book up in the first place. But the accusations he makes are absurd. For starters, he wrote this book in an Los Angeles Public Library, but guess who was a huge proponent of public libraries... Andrew Carnegie, capitalist. He later does admit the rich can be charitable but immediately goes on to criticize the institutions the rich decide to give to. Ironic.

He goes on to state that people are victims of the economy and thus aren't responsible for their actions. I find this incredibly disrespectful to low income people because he's saying there is nothing they can do to better themselves, they aren't smart enough to find a better way, aren't industrious enough to work through it, they're poor helpless children who need mom and dad to fix it for them.

He spends a short amount of time speaking of systems theory and claims it's the systems (capitalism) fault. If we
had a better system things would be just peachy. He apparently has forgotten that it is the people in the system that can make something positive or negative. A system is not evil, it has no ill-intent. A new system, no matter how righteous and noble it is claimed to be can be used to harm others. A car is not evil, but can be used to slaughter people, or to move people out of harm's way, it all depends on the driver. The real problem isn't the system, it's human morality and common decency.


The entire book is filled with this illogical dribble. I could go on but I'll try to be succinct. A better title for this book would be The New Human Entitlement Movement, Reinventing The Economy.... but that would still imply he has solutions to offer, and is not just demonizing capitalism. If you need 38 chapters of weak facts to reinforce your idea that your socialist ideas are right and or you have a victim mentality, then this book is for you. For everyone else, move along or at the very least, skip the first 38 chapters.

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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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  • Gus
  • 22-04-20

Big Fan of Peter Joseph....BUT

I am a huge fan of Peter, the Zeitgeist Movement, Resource Based Economy and all the concepts. This book is an endless “feedback loop” as Peter uses repeatedly in the book. The reader is relentlessly inundated with quotes, references, statistics and studies which further prove every concept being promoted, however the typical person today will get lost and their ADD will kick in. The layman to these concepts cannot listen to, read or digest ALL of this. Peter is a master of words, his dictation is so perfect that it drones on and we get lost in all the facts, logic and theories. I am a proponent of everything suggested in this book and I can consume this all day. I fear most of the people the author is trying to enlighten might not make it past chapter 1. I hope I am wrong. I think this is a great resource for the principles of The Zeitgiest Movement and a Resource Based Economy. After following Peters work for over 10 years, I am still waiting for something to happen. Peter and the movement claim education is key and critical but I fear after 10 years the numbers are stagnant. As many new followers come in, very many are lost due to lack of progress. At what point is action warranted? Waiting for a cataclysmic event to happen is too risky as the outcome will surely not be an RBE, it will very likely be way worse than we have now. Lets not wait and hope for a possible outcome. Why not start a RBE now and lead by example and be a viable working alternative when the shit does hit the fan? Jack Fresco was a man of action and although he believed in education and activism he was a doer and he made things happen and lived by his words as much as was possible in our current system. We need someone like Mr Fresco to DO THINGS and make things HAPPEN and to be the perfect complement to Peter Joseph.

If I had a wish, it would be that Peter could convert one Plutocrat, get him to buy a small piece of Mexico and form a self sustaining social experiment RBE.

Hopefully in my lifetime.

Peter, thanks for this book, I wish the last chapter was longer, and had a more specific and concise plan and was delivered with more hope and enthusiasm so I could finish this book rejuvenated and pumped about an RBE transition. You are brilliant, a wordsmith with uncanny ability to tie history, theory and events together to write a factual book. Now go spend a year with an Evangelist and study their technique to spread the good news and make people do things. Even things out of their comfort zone.

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  • pinoz
  • 11-12-17

Excellent narration

.. and thought provoking topics.
There are so many subjects touched in this book but somehow the author manages to keep them from being overwhelming.
Necessary reflections for the upcoming future

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  • bruce stockwell
  • 18-09-17

Well presented

The book is strong on criticism and short on solutions. Well presented in any case.

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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.

Mostly, This is the bottom line above the book for the resource based economy

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