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Sun Feb 28, 2016, 01:41 AM

Noam Chomsky Wants You to Wake Up From the American Dream

If you've just seen Michael Moore's movie and are wondering how in the world the United States got diverted into the slow lane to hell, go watch Noam Chomsky's movie. If you've just seen Noam Chomsky's movie and are wondering whether the human species is really worth saving, go see Michael Moore's movie. If you haven't seen either of these movies, please tell me that you haven't been watching presidential debates. As either of these movies would be glad to point out to you, that's NOT HOW YOU CHANGE ANYTHING.

"Filmed over four years, these are his last long-form documentary interviews," Chomsky's film, Requiem for the American Dream, says of him at the start, rather offensively. Why? He seems perfectly able to give interviews and apparently gave those in this film for four years. And of course he acquired the insights he conveys over many more years than that. They are not new insights to activists, but they would be like revelations from another world to a typical U.S. resident.

Chomsky explains how concentrated wealth creates concentrated power, which legislates further concentration of wealth, which then concentrates more power in a vicious cycle. He lists and elaborates on ten principles of the concentration of wealth and power -- principles that the wealthy of the United States have acted intensely on for 40 years or more.

1. Reduce Democracy. Chomsky finds this acted on by the very "founding fathers" of the United States, in the creation of the U.S. Senate, and in James Madison's statement during debate over the U.S. Constitution that the new government would need to protect the wealthy from too much democracy. Chomsky finds the same theme in Aristotle but with Aristotle proposing to reduce inequality, while Madison proposed to reduce democracy. The burst of activism and democracy in the United States in the 1960s scared the protectors of wealth and privilege, and Chomsky admits that he did not anticipate the strength of the backlash through which we have been suffering since.

in full: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/34995-noam-chomsky-wants-you-to-wake-up-from-the-american-dream

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 03:57 AM

1. Where can you see 'Requiem for the American Dream'?

I couldn't find anything, but a trailer on YouTube.

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Response to TIME TO PANIC (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 04:13 AM

3. Looks like it's on a limited screening tour

 

http://requiemfortheamericandream.com/screenings/

Hopefully it's released physically and digitally at some point after the tour.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 04:11 AM

2. Lot's of 7, 9 and 10 lately.

 

Great read, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the movie.

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Response to FangedNoumenom (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 10:11 AM

4. Indeed and you're very welcome. n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 10:39 AM

5. We have some seriously concentrated power from the concentrated wealth to contend with now.

Thanks to New Democrats (repubs calling themselves Dems).

And people want more! Woo!

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Response to RiverLover (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 11:22 AM

6. Our movement will keep growing and hopefully stay organized, focused no matter what.

We see the negative consequences already..and it is unsustainable.

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