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Requiem for the American Dream: Noam Chomsky and Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
Fimmakers Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott have taken interviews of legendary author/speaker/activist Noam Chomsky and woven them into a coherent narrative of the destruction of American democracy. In addition to being a requiem, the film is also a post mortem—descriptions of the strategies and tactics that have transformed the nation into an oligarchy.
The ten strategies are described via the film’s subtitle: The Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power. The ten are:
Redesign the Economy
Shift the Burden
Run the Regulators
Keep the Rabble in Line
Marginalize the Population
In less than 73 minutes Chomsky articulates the tactics used by the wealthy and powerful to achieve these strategic goals. The goals have been met. We are a large population of humans supporting the wealth and power of 1% of the country’s population.
This is yet another must-see documentary about socio-political-economic injustice in the United States of America. Yes, these documentaries are demoralizing, disheartening. Yet, they are also part of the solution. I am always grateful for the films and their filmmakers who contribute inestimable amounts of energy, heart, and soul to make a positive difference in our world. They deserve our attention and support.
The film concludes with a sentiment expressed by Chomsky’s close friend, the late Howard Zinn. Chomsky quotes:
‘What matters is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history. They’re the ones who’ve done things in the past. They’re the ones who will have to do it in the future.’
Requiem for the American Dream
" is available from Netflix, Vimeo, and iTunes.
D, Schwartz August 25, 2016