Saturday January 31, 2009 4:37 pm Leave a comment
Strike one AGAINST Zeitgeist Addendum.
This thoroughly researched and well references essay makes it crystal clear that no documentary evidence exists for there ever having been a “Hazard Circular” of July 1862. This is the source of the wonderful – but apparently fictitious – quote in the movie:
“Slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborers, while the European plan is that capital shall control labor by controlling wages. This can be done by controlling the money. It will not do to allow the Greenback… as we cannot control that.“
It also turns out to be an inaccurate quote but given that the original version is probably fictitious, who gives a shit?
This doesn’t invalidate the general thrust of the movie, but it definitely reduces credibility. Two more suspect references like this and I’d be inclined to consign the entire thing to the circular file. Which would be a shame, because I have no serious doubt in my mind that Capitalism is inherently corrupt, but we need to make damn sure, when we hang the bastards, that our evidence is incontrovertible. Or else, we’ll be no better than they are…