Who Stole the American Dream? And How We Can Get It BackDVD - 2013
"...a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems."--Variety
Documentary traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled Attack on American Free Enterprise System. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of media, academia, pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.
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“In reality, rich folks don’t need governments,” observes Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers president. “They live in their own gated communities, they have own security, they swim in their own swimming pools, they go to their own private schools. Rich people take care of themselves.”
Despite all the contrary evidence of the last 30 years, free-market fundamentalists continue to believe that what is necessary is for even further deregulation to take place in order to free up market forces that will then trickle down to everybody. In psychological terms, they are engaging in massive denial, or are just plain lying to themselves, as well as to the rest of us.
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From Amazon's star reviewer: By zjk
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Heist really exposes the forces "behind the curtain". See this film if you want to understand how just about every single "crisis" we currently face are the explicit end goals of a decades long, expertly planned, strategic plan created in the 1970's designed to accomplish everything from Wall Street deregulation to the consolidation of corporate media to stagnant wages to the dismantling of unions to off-shoring American jobs to packing the courts with increasingly extremist judges (think Citizens United, corporate personhood, war on terror, etc.) to the rapidly expanding disparity between the super rich and the rest of us and to the all out assault on the social safety net (i.e. "privatize everything"!), among others. The film expertly explains what has been a 40 year shift from democracy to oligarchy (also the end goal of those the movie exposes), defined by the collusion of big business and government (and the toxic influence of money in politics)...and a corporate media that only serves to legitimize this shift, rather than expose and question it.
But, as with all great social commentary - the film ends with an empowering call to arms...including detailed actions each of us can take to walk our country back from the precipice and help play a part in creating a more democratic, sustainable, and environmentally and economically just society. Great stuff!
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