Should be watched after seeing Merchants of Doubt. Concentration of capital has always been with people from the beginning, and as evidenced by the new American tax cut, "the rich get richer, and the poor get the picture". His explanation of Adam Smith's view of the rich is very interesting.
Chomsky meets The Thin Blue Line!
A rather clear and well paced outline of the features of power relations between social groups, most sympathetically from the point of view of those lower in the social hierarchy and popular democracy. (What is left out is a reasonable consideration of the point of view of those at the top of the social hierarchy; I doubt it is all evil minded manipulation merely to maintain status: they have a function to perform in a competitive world.)
Though some on the left dismiss Chomsky as a "gatekeeper" intellectual, someone who keeps the masses confined to the limited terrain of acceptable dissent, I don't see how you refute his basic analysis of our current political-economic predicament. This documentary does an excellent job of encapsulating Chomsky's well-established views. (He's been writing books on these topics for close to half a century.) I have a couple of quibbles though: 1) the film goes very little into Chomsky's lengthy critique of U.S. subversion of democracy abroad, and 2) Chomsky's standard call for people to get active and participate in public life needs to be updated to incorporate our new digital feudalism and the Snowden revelations of a global surveillance state.
Intelligent documentary presented in an understandable presentation. Chomsky gives you the brief history of the American economic and political curves. His pessimistic view is understandable but the loss of the American dream may have to change its course and adapt to a more modest way of life.
The truth in this documentary will set you free - if you are paying attention. And if you love Barack Obama then you aren't paying attention. America's dissident voice speaks out, intelligently, against all the ills of society and government. Not for the meek.
I think there is a lot of good history and information in this documentary.
There is definitely inequality progressing and expanding globally between the 1% and the rest of us.
[In Chomsky's book, Who Rules the World, also published in 2016, he again does something I have read and heard him state, ad infinitum: ascribing the crimes of the Eisenhower and Johnson Administrations solely to the Kennedy Administration: typical CIA disiformation gambit. Reflect upon why Chomsky would do such a thing, repeatedly? Just as Dan Rather repeatedly puts out highly edited videos with his commentary on Lee Oswald, and today we can see the unedited full version of Oswald at the midnight news conference which refutes the abject lies of Fake News dude, Dan Rather.]
I am a real progressive, yet I despise Chomsky. Why? Has anyone ever heard or read Chomsky naming names? Of course not!
He supports the Federal Reserve, the Warren Commission Report, the 9/11 Commission Report, and believes the deaths of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had absolutely no effect or impact on the trajectory of America!
Chomsky has never cared that the CIA was responsible for the murders of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. King, accordingly, nor that assassination has historically been a most valuable tool to accomplish diabolical ends and move malevolent agendas.
Has anyone ever heard or read Chomsky criticizing MIT [his career employer] for having Fred Koch as a trustee? [Patriarch of the Koch family, affiliated with the Liberty Lobby, John Birch Society, and various other white supremicist organizations]
Chomsky, like the late Chalmers Johnson and others, appears to be more suited to maintaining the status quo, than ever seriously tilting against it.
This really connects all the dots together so you can see the big picture.
Interesting, informative film making. This is a film I wish more people would watch and learn from.
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