10/26 Heist, Who Stole the American Dream


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KBOO is proud to sponsor Heist, Who Stole the American Dream?

KBOO is a proud of sponsor of Heist, Who Stole the American Dream?

When: Friday, Oct. 26th, 7:00 PM
Where: October 26th, the First Unitarian Church 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland OR 97205


Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe, as it exposes the real truth behind the worldwide economic collapse, tracing its origins 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 the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.

Sound familiar? Today’s crisis and heart stopping headlines can be directly traced to Powell’s real “end game” which was business control of law and politics. Powell’s fingerprints are all over Citizens United, the fateful Supreme Court decision which gave corporations and the super rich unlimited ability to shape our elections with virtually unrestricted donations. Heist’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by BOTH U.S. political parties over the last forty years culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class.

Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans. No other film goes as deeply as Heist in explaining the greatest heist of our time. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, Heist provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact-based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy.

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ulpanaylaylo's picture

Friday night here is another cultural political event at Unitarian Church worth a look-see cuz the film as a special markets documentary release has raised tons of money for listener-sponsored radio across the US and from what I've heard discussed over KBOO it presents a highly nuanced analysis of the collapse years and its antecedents for both the political-economic novice and engaged citizen: http://kboo.fm/heist ***
I can't wait to see it, analyze its analysis and assess its findings for myself.  Am still amazed at how little use has been made of the interview with W. Bush's former Economic Advisor and now Romney's Campaign Economic Advisor, Columbia Business School Dean Glen Hubbard who absolutely melts down before the knowledgable questioning of documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson in the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary INSIDE JOB
Alas if Obama's own team won't use the 8 minutes of invaluably revealing screentime by an architect of our economic collapse via deregulation, and Columbia U.'s Hubbard & Frederic Mishkin along with still-cited economic expert, the Cheshire Cat Martin Feldstein are classic Gilded Age illustrations of the revolving doors 'tween academia-self-regulating regulators & a conflicted interest zone commonly referred to inaccurately as the Free Markets, why should I sweat it? 
When Obama named Larry Summers and Peter Orszag (who has since revolved into a multi-million dollar job as VP of Global Banking with taxpayer bailed-out CitiBank Group) to head Obama & VP from Tax & Corporate Regulatory Shell-ter state of Delaware's own "reform" Economic Advisory Council, I was quickly excluded along with the rest of the silent majority from the Obama base! 
Another reason to consider voting Pacific Green or Progressive in the coming election; Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson along with the other two excluded Presidential candidates who engaged in a spirited and pithy alterna-debate moderated by an invigorated Larry King last night on Public Radio and TV stream via internet sure broadened and deepened the discussion of what ails U.S. like nothing spoken or questioned from a live mic during this interminably vacuous & fallacious presidential election cycle....Civicx Educational Process, indeed!