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Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
I don't remember the year. Hell, I don't remember the decade. The seventies? The eighties? She was on TV, being interviewed,
Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro
. I heard her say this simple statement, "We have the best government money can buy." I immediately thought her pronouncement explained almost everything about the world into which I was born and have lived my life. When in conversation, if I want to end a discussion about politics, economics, and social justice, I just repeat her eight-word verdict and attribute her name. Let's talk about movies.
Produced and directed by Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher, "
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream
" joins the growing number of well-done, infuriating, inspiring documentaries about political/economic inequities in the United States of America.
For those who have seen many of these documentaries, or listen to Pacifica Radio, or watch MSNBC, "Heist" provides few surprises – although I do highly recommend that you see the film. For those who have not paid attention to 'the man behind the curtain,' or those who have swallowed The Matrix's Blue Pill, "Heist" is an absolute must-see. Causey and Goldmacher do an excellent job of 'connecting the dots.'
What I found new and helpful in Goldmacher's and Causey's production is the amount of gory details they have brought to the story. They document the specific political and legislative moves over the last 50 years or so that have led to the federal government of United States becoming, in effect, an oligarchy. Both political parties, of course, are held culpable.
"Heist" features high production values, and concludes with signs of life in the American people and indications of what needs to happen to return the United States to a truly democratic form of government.
D. Schwartz April 18, 2012