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Short and sweet, Park Avenue is an excellent documentary about the class warfare in existence in the US. It succinctly blends figures with interviews into a fabric of one hour of eye popping financial realities for the uninitiated. The vast sums of money at work from a tiny fraction of our nation, but imbued with enormous wealth, control the strings of democracy. This one hour piece puts it together into one very powerful, useful, and important message, culminating with the fruits of market deregulation which nearly brought down the entire nation: the Great Recession and crash of 2008. Watch it. I would challenge the conservative to view this objectively and come away with the same laissez faire attitudes toward our nation.
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In this short documentary which is about an hour long, you'll get to
understand more of the mindset that brought us our current extreme
inequality : greed & power, as well political influence by the
wealthiest. It dispels the myth of how "benevolent" & deceitful the
wealthy elite can act towards the base that supports them. It shows how
money can buy some politicians who loudly promises to reform tax laws
but will bury it at the first opportunity.
This documentary will not make more friends out of right-wingers or Republicans (ex: Paul Ryan). It's a captivating documentary but way too short as it's still only one piece of the whole puzzle. This movie states what the problems are but cannot present solutions and we're left to our own devices.
As an excellent complement to this documentary, watch the PBS documentary "Big Sky, Big Money". You'll discover how much unaccountable shadow money can influence & subvert American politics!
If you're serious about knowing more, documentaries/movies such as "Inside Job", "The Shock Doctrine", "The Revolution will not be televised", "The Take", "Zeitgeist Moving forward" will help further your understanding of the social/financial changes that needs to take place if we're to have a sustainable future or ANY future at all...
Is class warfare the rich against the poor, or is it the ultra-rich
pitting the middle-class against the poor (and each other)? While maybe
not objective, this documentary looks at the power behind the politics.
I love that Jack Abramoff appears here and speaks candidly. I do not care whether he feels he was right or wrong, but that he is able to come forward and explain how the game is played really adds to our understanding.
I further love the film's turn towards David Koch and from there towards the state of Wisconsin (where I have lived over 30 years). It was great to see familiar faces like Mahlon Mitchell and Mark Pocan, and hear the connection between Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan.
We even got to see real folks in Waukesha and hear more of the Scott Walker prank phone call. From the start it looked like we would be focusing on the Park Avenue of Manhattan versus the Park Avenue of the Bronx. I am glad it went beyond that. Will other non-Dairy State viewers enjoy it as much? I cannot say.
I came across the documentary on good old Netflix. A great rainy day
documentary turned on the light in my mind once again to research
more....about economy, the psychological effects of
consumerism/class/rank on certain people, inflation, the justice
system, women's rights etc. That's when you know a documentary is
good--It encourages you to want to dig for the truth even more than
I've wondered many times: Why is our world set up like it is? What does it mean to be a human being? Where's the spiritual/soul growth in this economic cut-throat kind of game? This documentary gives you a glimpse of the kind of tactics/warfare certain political figures will pull to keep this economic war going. I wish this documentary was longer and went into further psychological realms and that's kind of what sparks you to do independent research afterward. It's a really great starter and introduction to life/economic/education problems in America.
This war on happiness/our way of life is corrupted by relentless inequality/unjust players and financial discrimination and it will never end until the embers of greed have cooled...
Remember this, "After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."
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This is quite an eye-opener regarding the incestuous relationships
between the über-wealthy, corporations, political action committees,
Congress and even the U.S. President. Like I say in the title to this
post, it should be a mandatory study portion in any Civics, U.S.
Government, Economics and even US History classes at all levels of
education starting in 6th Grade. Each student should delve more deeply
and asked to write a paper with proposed solutions to this issue.
It very plainly explains how the top 1% of the top 1% (and even the top 10% too) of the wealthy in this country wield true power through their money. I don't believe it's a bad thing to be wealthy or even über- wealthy; it is how they use that money that is offending to me.
If the top 400 wealthiest people in our country would donate even 2% of their annual net worth (not salaries or bonuses) at Thanksgiving each year, this money (probably into the billions range) would go a long way to reduce hunger in America and they could create many endowed scholarships at many universities or to local Community Colleges to help the middle and lower classes to become empowered to earn their way up.
Luckily, we do have a good number of very civic minded billionaires in our country, beginning with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, who created the "The Giving Pledge" (givingpledge.org) and I would estimate that over one-half who have signed the pledge are Americans. This philanthropic endeavor is estimated, as of July 2010, to worth in excess of $125 BILLION dollars. Today, it must exceed @00 BILLION.
On a personal note, the list also includes a very special lady, Lynn Schusterman, who I've met and worked for her now deceased husband, Charles Schusterman, at his primary business, oil and gas production. Their daughter Stacey has been the CEO since shortly before her father passed. This family has done so much for our state, Oklahoma, by contributing to the University of Oklahoma (OU). As a matter of fact my hometown, Tulsa, would probably never have an OU campus, if not for Lynn and their family Schusterman Foundation. She's very active in family and children's services and a slew of other organizations that badly need their assistance. Charles, Lynn and Stacy, who I all met and spoke to on numerous occasions, were all very approachable and very caring about his employees. Much like Warren Buffett, Charles was down to earth and a hard worker. I would be remiss if I did not mention the hundreds of millions of dollars of giving and active management of those resources by T. Boone Pickens, to our other state run university, Oklahoma State. He's given to OU and many other organizations here. We are very lucky to have these two fine families call our state, home.
I'm not believer in conspiracy theories like "A One World Nation", "The Bilderberg's", "Trilateral Commission", Yale's "Skull & Bones", the Freemason's and the list could on and on. The fact is that once you acquire a vast amount of wealth, through any means, you get a seat at the table with the political power broker's. Especially, since SCOTUS gave corporations the right to been seen and treated as an individual person that then allowed them to make almost unlimited campaign contributions stemming from the "Citizen's United" case.
Politician's need money like humans need air. That is an inextricable fact. Also, this documentary states unequivocally that it's the lobbyists who actually write the legislation that comes to floor of either house of Congress with little or few modifications. I wasn't overly surprised but surprised and concerned enough to ask this one question:
WHO IS ACTUALLY RUNNING OUR COUNTRY?
Watch "Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (2012)" and then, decide for yourself.
It let's the rich and powerful speak in their own words, telling their
own story of entitlement, selfishness, and disregard of anyone who is
not equally rich and powerful. They unintentionally give us a glimpse
into a world that is usually wrapped in gauze and press agents.
Forget about your political ideology for a moment and watch this movie. Nobody puts words in the mouths of people like Jack Abramoff or Michele Bachamann. They're saying what's on their minds. If you've come to believe that something about the promise of America has gone wrong, just watch this movie with an open mind. You'll come away wondering what's more important to the elite: making more money for themselves, or making sure nobody else makes any.
The editing is first rate, and the pace is good. The story comes through loud and clear without having to be pushed in your face. Watch this movie.
The film brings up valid points about lobbyists controlling Washington. However from someone who is middle class I do not believe the answers are more taxes on wealthy people by increasing capital gains taxes. That would also increase the taxes on MY 401k!! I'm middle class! The film also takes on the topic welfare a food stamps. As someone who works in low income areas I can assure you first hand that the abuse of the welfare system is staggering. Every day at work I deal with countless people receiving welfare/food stamps. In the last 6 months I can count on one hand those that are truly disabled and in need of assistance. The vast majority are those that refuse to work and furthermore have children they cannot afford. This as the amount that I pay for my health care as well my child's health care has increased dramatically. OBAMACARE.... BLAME WASHINGTON NOT RICH PEOPLE. Our elected officials have been bought. VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND START OVER!!!
I'm not an American citizen. I just live in America temporarily, so what I could provide is only an outsider view. First thing I felt after watching around half of this documentary is that it is biased and partial towards one political party. Also, it presented a complete partial view of Ayn Rand. It projected her as an evil of the poor. This documentary simply failed to understand that her philosophy applies to poor as much as it applies to the rich. You work hard two shifts back to back for a wage less than 20 usd pr hr and if you are forcefully asked to pay 30% of tax on it, how would you feel ? That was her point. This point applies equally to poor and the rich. This documentary failed to present this view, may be intentionally.
Written totally from the Obama point of view. What made America great was capitalism, even if you don't want to admit it. From the railroads to the oil, these guys made it happen and made us the greatest country in the world! You want to be like France and Spain, then stay the course. They had the most skin in the game, they should reap the greatest rewards. If you don't like it, go out and do something better. Quit waiting for someone to spoon feed you. Go get your food stamps and welfare, continue sitting on your ass, you contribute nothing to this great country. We need more like the Koch brothers to make this country great.
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS WAS CASED BY INCREASING REGULATION, NOT
DEREGULATION. No "deregulation" *EVER* occurred. It's important that
you understand this to realize why this film's premise falls flat on
This film is a product of statist brainwashing. It ignores the problems caused by government and blames it on the private sector. The fundamental ignorance of a society that produces a film like this is enough to make me think that we are living in a world that may soon become that portrayed by Mike Judge in "Idiocracy". Expanding the size of government does not "protect" American citizens from corporations. It gives rise to fascism: the merger of corporations and the state. "Progressive" political concepts push our society towards this form of fascism, driven by the belief that they are acting in the name of the greater good. Altruism and collectivism fuels fascism.
A major example of this film's flaw is in the misrepresentation of Ayn Rand and her novel, 'Atlas Shrugged', a minor part of the film, but a part that should have never existed. This movie alleges that Rand's philosophy is about the wealthy not paying taxes, which it is not. She wrote about the government infringing upon people's rights. Capitalism is not corporatism. Claiming that Rand advocated for giving the power of government to corporations stands in sharp ignorance of what she actually stood for. 'Atlas Shrugged' does not present helping people as an evil thing. That is not what altruism means. Altruism is when the government forces money out of your pocket to fund murder and claims that it is for the good of the world. Like Vietnam and Iraq War. Many of Rand's books contain characters helping others out without government forcing them to do so, because it benefits them to do something for someone they care about. Also, Rand's definition of "selfishness" meant self-regard.
'Atlas Shrugged' is about a future in which government is corrupt, the state means more than the lives of man, and innovators, entrepreneurs and people that create things and move the world forward are being denigrated. Which is what is occurring in today's world. If the filmmakers wanted to include something on Rand, they should have actually read what she wrote instead of using out of context clips from the Atlas Shrugged movie and an interview with Rand and presenting false information about her philosophy and the novel she wrote. I believe this was done intentionally because the filmmakers are mad at the fact that they don't understand economics, so they take it out on Rand because she did understand economics.
Income tax is NOT VOLUNTARY. There's a reason why so many poor people, yes, poor people, complain about income tax. It's because it's a form of theft through government coercion. Maybe the reason there's an income divide has nothing to do with people being successful by earning their success honestly, but because of government corruption and continued integration of corporations into government by expanding the size of government? And the income tax system? And the Federal Reserve counterfeiting system? As long as you willingly relinquish your right to own yourself, you will continue to accept the Bad Mental Health that blames non-existent capitalism where real capitalism is not at fault, and continues to expand the economic gap you want to write about by giving more power into the hands of the government that created this gap.
One of the people interviewed alleges that Ayn Rand's philosophy was akin to Gordon Gecko's "greed is good" philosophy, referring to the crony capitalist character from Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street'. I don't know what spurs misrepresentation of Rand, but if they're going to talk about Rand at all, they should at least bother to read what she wrote and figure out that the people the documentary is profiling mostly did not read her books for her philosophy, and do not practice it.
This film also alleges that Paul Ryan is a representative of Randian philosophy and lied about it while running for vice president, which is not true. At most, Ryan exploited Rand for political gain. Anyone who knows anything about either individual would understand that Paul Ryan is Ayn Rand's worst nightmare. Ryan is an example of the destructive power that religion and American fascism has in our society, and offers detriment of Rand, atheism and individualism in favor of his concept of government altruism and some generalized collectivism.
This film is a tool of the serfs. The filmmakers' brainwashed view of history is a part of the destructive element that is paving the road to serfdom.
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