To say that I am not a fan of conspiracy theories is an understatement. For the most part, I find them to be overly (hopefully?) speculative, vague, and generally ignorant of Occam’s razor – that is, all other things being equal the simplest solution is usually the best. I admit I was intrigued by Loose Change, but can’t say it swayed me to the conspiracy theory version of 9/11. When I heard about the documentary Zeitgeist from people claiming that it is a work that sets the record straight on the mass deception that has been happening from the time of Christ until the Bush administration, I was skeptical to the extreme. I avoided seeing any part of it until I was linked today to a small, 9-minute clip of it on YouTube, dealing with the impending North American Union and the VeriChip.
Just from seeing this small excerpt, I realized that my suspicions about this documentary were right. The issue with Zeitgeist is not that it doesn’t talk about events that should concern us. The potential creation of the North American Union would be a huge step toward redefining national sovereignty, international relations, and the significance of borders; and the dangerous possibilities that are brought about with the creation of a national ID card, let alone chip implantation, are issues that more people should be talking and inquiring about. The problem is that Zeitgeist gathers these speculations and arranges them into a narrative that leaps to conclusions and only gives speculative proof of what its trying to say.
From what I know the concept of a North American Union has not yet moved past the theoretical stage, no matter what Lou Dobbs and Howard Phillips believe. While the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreed to by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is in line with the globalization trend in international relations which makes national borders less relevant, to assume that this is a sign of the impending Orwellian world government is naive. Historically, its been closed borders and limited travel that have served oppressive governments; the weakening of borders can, on the contrary, also be seen as a means of decentralization and an opportunity for new developments in sovereignty, based on autonomous individuals and not government bureaucracies.
The prospect of a national ID card is worrisome, but why assume that the VeriChip is anything more than just a fad, part of the transhumanist fascination that has gripped people in the last few decades? What do the creators of this film base their assertions on aside from misinterpreted facts and some quotes, probably taken out of context? All that are missing here is the Illuminati, the Freemasons, and the Elders of Zion.