Peter Joseph

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Peter Joseph
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Peter Joseph, 2010
Born1979 (age 40–41)[1]
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.[1]
OccupationFilmmaker, activist
Years active2007–present

Peter Joseph is a classically trained musician from North Carolina more famously known today for his activism and creation of the global sustainability advocacy group The Zeitgeist Movement. Born in 1979, Peters mother worked as a social welfare advisor.

Peter worked as a private equity day trader whilst living in New York in order to finance his passion for the creative arts.

Peter has presented  two TEDx talks, created three documentary feature films - Zeitgeist: The Movie, Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward . A six part documentary series Culture in Decline as well as numerous national and international seminars covering all aspects of The Zeitgeist Movement in detail.

Peter Joseph founded The Zeitgeist Movement in 2008 following the release of his first associated film Zeitgeist: The Movie. 1000's of fans contacted Peter after watching Zeitgeist: The Movie asking what they could to help.

“Our entire system, in an economic sense, is based on restriction. Scarcity and inefficiency are the movers of money; the more there is of any resource the less you can charge for it. The more problems there are, the more opportunities there are to make money.

This reality is a social disease, for people can actually gain off the misery of others and the destruction of the environment. Efficiency, abundance and sustainability are enemies of our economic structure, for they are inverse to the mechanics required to perpetuate consumption.

This is profoundly critical to understand, for once you put this together you begin to see that the one billion people currently starving on this planet, the endless slums of the poor and all the horrors of a culture due to poverty and pravity are not natural phenomenon due to some natural human order or lack of earthly resources. They are products of the creation, perpetuation and preservation of artificial scarcity and inefficiency.” – Peter Joseph

The New Human Rights Movement book cover



  • Joseph, Peter (2018). The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression (1st ed.). San Francisco: BenBella Books. ISBN 9781946885142. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Peter Joseph, Official Media Archive". Retrieved 9 Aug 2013.