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Interview: Peter Joseph on RT (Kristine Frazao): War and The State (2012) (Repository)

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Let's begin with the rising tensions between Israel and Iran. Sanctions put into place by the United States and the European Union are starting to hurt the people of Iran in a major way with access to food and other imports blocked. The West hopes that the pain will bring Iran back to the bargaining table, in terms of its nuclear program. In the meantime, Israel is stepping up its threats that an attack on Iran may be imminent with Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak drawing a line in the sand. He calls it the 'zone of immunity' the point at which Israel could no longer put off taking action. In the West's efforts to isolate Iran India has announced it will send a delegation into Iran and has now emerged as Number 1 customer of Iranian oil. There are new indications China also will send in officials and this global chess match looks like it may be a messy one and a long one. Peter Joseph is the founder of The Zeitgeist Movement. His group works to tackle some of the toughest issues: global economic crises, diplomatic issues, and a lot more. He just returned from Israel. - Hey there, Peter. I know you spent about a week there. Talk to me a little bit about your impressions of Israel of the people you spoke to, and what's going on there. - Thank you Kristine for having me. Israel is in a very complex state. On one side you have a very intelligent public that is not representative of the state that's causing all of these general war-like interests: interest in the occupation, the prisons of the West Bank and Gaza and everything else that I'm sure we've talked at length, to death about. It's important to initially point out that there's an incredible culture there that does not represent the state. In the speech that I gave to a sold-out audience full of not only Israelis but Palestinians there is a general interest to want to see all of these problems STOP. The Zeitgeist Movement's attempt, broadly speaking is to get the world to come together with the general foundation that these issues have to find resolution holistically or we're going to have some very caustic problems in the future World War III the first to mention. - When you say these issues, as you say war is one of these issues, and it's not just as simple as: Should we have war or shouldn't we? I mean, there is number one, a huge defense industry, both in the US and Israel that, a lot of people say, may have an interest in war. I know you've written about in the past, as far as consequences of war that it benefits the upper class and it results in the denigration of the lower class. Talk to me about this divide as it relates to war and if you think there's an undercurrent of something else here other than a legitimate threat. - We often hear the term geopolitics; the correct term is geo-economics. If you go down to the foundation of the state: Neolithic Revolution 10,000 years ago suddenly we went from hunter-gatherer type of nomadic societies to fixed cities, Mesopotamia suddenly the introduction of the permanent military. You ended up with this sort of corporate approach to economic management, defined as 'the state' which invariably generates imbalance and conflict and the necessity to override the interests of other states. Very similar by the way to how our economic principles work across the world, through the corporate enterprise and the 'free-for-all' market as I often refer to it. It's a competitive, war-like system. In the broadest scope what do we expect when the states begin to behave this way? If you were to look at a map of all the territorial disputes all the resource acquisitions, all the annexations gone through history it's one massive affair of warfare! Thousands and thousands of wars that have existed for the past 5000 years that have been noted. The problem is much more underlying. We can talk about the specifics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We can talk about the Chinese, Russian and Iranian issue with respect to power development against US Israel, Canadian and Western interests which is very terrifying by the way especially given the financial burden and collapse we're seeing across the world, which is always a characteristic of warfare on the horizon. Underneath the whole thing is the economic premise and until we find economic resolution until we begin to learn how to share our resources speaking poetically, but very literally: Until we can define a new level of what we see as peace meaning a collaborative effort not state entities seeking their own advantage over each other but something new, which I can talk at length we're not going to see any resolution to any of these issues. That's a fundamental premise, in part, of the type of economic reforms The Zeitgeist Movement pushes forward with. - What was your reasoning, Peter, for taking this movement? I know you've got a lot of followers from around the world. What was your reasoning for going physically to Israel and speaking there? - Well, because it is the hotbed of a great deal of tension in the world it's seen as one of the most pivotal crises and positions of destabilization in the world. It was symbolic to go there and to speak on the issue of war. The lecture that I gave was on the broad definition of the state: its evolution as I mentioned just a moment ago and how we really can resolve this issue. I went there for symbolic reasons, but also obviously, because of the growing tensions between these massive superpowers that are now dividing themselves that can very easily trigger another world war, which is what terrifies all of us. Those are a few levels [of] why I was there. - You've laid out some of these problems and I think that they're, for anyone who is following what's going on keeping their hand on a pulse of geopolitics or as you say geo-economics these issues are out there. But, are there solutions available or do you just think war is inevitable between Iran and the West? I'm not a prophet, but I will say that generally speaking war has been inevitable for a long time based on the very nature of the structures that have been installed and the very dynamic of our economic system. Are there solutions that can be had in the meantime? Yes but I don't think they're going to come from 'speaking truth to power' as they say. I am in deep support of a large, grassroots, global movement that unifies humanity to step up against this rather sick distortion that has emerged throughout power across the board. We can talk about the neuroses of the US Empire ...about the neuroses of various Arabic states, of Israel as well. We can talk about all of these things to death as far as the specifics but at the very core of this comes a deep social change that's required, and it's going to take a grassroots movement to move this forward; I have little faith in the change coming from the state empires. - We understand that you'll be working on it in the meantime. Peter Joseph, founder of The Zeitgeist Movement.

Video Details

Duration: 6 minutes and 47 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: RT News
Views: 59
Posted by: ltiofficial on Feb 11, 2012

Peter Joseph talks to RT news' Kristine Frazao on February 12th, 2012.

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