In America's earliest days, there were barn-raising parties in which neighbors helped each other build up their farms. Today, in some churches, there are debt liquidation revivals in which parishioners chip in to free each other from growing credit card debts that are driving American families to bankruptcy and desperation.
In Debt We Trust is the latest film from Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," director of the internationally distributed and award-winning WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception), an expose of the media's role in the Iraq War. The Emmy-winning former ABC News and CNN producer's new hard-hitting documentary investigates why so many Americans are being strangled by debt. It is a journalistic confrontation with what former Reagan advisor Kevin Phillips calls 'Financialization'--the "powerful emergence of a debt-and-credit industrial complex."
While many Americans may be "maxing out" on credit cards, there is a deeper story: power is shifting into fewer hands.....with frightening consequences.
In Debt We Trust is a startling film about the debt burden that millions of Americans are struggling with and a forecast of the fiscal crisis that faces our country when the ballooning national debt comes due. Our addiction to consumption and debt as a national pastime is an issue that cuts across political, racial, class and generational lines. Over time Congress has virtually legalized loan sharking by financial institutions leaving hard working Americans at the short end of a bad deal. This film is about fighting back.
"I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest of dangers. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude." -Thomas Jefferson
Run time: 89 minutes
Life on the Edge of a Bubble is a heart pounding amusement ride though the never-ending sequence of intoxicating manias and inflationary bubbles culminating in devastating panics and crashes since the inception of the great American experiment. Although we rarely consider our financial system an experiment, changes in the montary games we have played undermine the integrity of the political system.
Financial Crisis. Panic. Bailout. The current crisis appeared to materialize out of nowhere. Even regulators and financial authorities would have us believe that they were taken entirely by surprise. Dire headlines demanded quick action to prevent the collapse of the financial system. Politicians told us that we have to bail out Wall Street to keep Main Street afloat. As many of us lose our savings, our jobs and our homes, they tell us that we have to swallow hard and make sacrifices for the good of the country. The same political class tries to convince everyday Americans that the reasons for the bailout are too complicated for us to understand, so we must leave the solutions to the financial experts . . . the same ones that didn't see this coming. At the same time, they give our hard-earned money to Wall Street fat cats, without any strings attached, turning a deaf ear to our intense and vocal opposition. They saddle us and our children with an alarming debt burden as they expect us to passively allow the greatest transfer of wealth in American history.
Almost every 20 years since our nation's inception, each generation finds itself living on the edge of a bubble. Rising prices of real estate, stock, bonds, and commodities lure us to borrow our way to prosperity. However, our current crisis is not unique. Ride along as we uncover the real invisible hand operating this roller coaster, tempting us with hope as we climb the ladder of the American Dream, seemingly placed within our grasp, only to plunge helplessly as we watch it disappear beneath tidal waves of toxic debt. Is there hope that we can end this perpetual cycle, and in doing so secure the blessings of liberty and the promotion of the general welfare for everyone?
Life On The Edge of A Bubble challenges the prevailing view of the sudden, unforeseeable and unique nature of the crisis by bringing to light the unfamiliar historical pattern; in fact, each generation has found itself precariously perched on the edge of a bubble. While the media focuses on symptoms, this film addresses the root causes that politicians, lobbyists and corporate executives conveniently avoid. The pattern unfolds for the viewer in an entertaining and accessible blend of archival footage, historical vignettes, and snapshots of current events, revealing the story in a sometimes irreverent, often surprising manner.
Run time: approximately 102 minutes plus bonus material
Was there a takeover of the United States by international bankers? In this DVD you will visit the scene of a crime so perfect that, for thirty years, no one knew it had even taken place.
Join us as we investigate the birth of a criminal conspiracy to rob each and every bank vault in America, all at the same time.
This is the true behind-the-scenes story of the birth of the United States Federal Reserve.
Run time: 45 minutes
This DVD primarily features the Zeitgeist 3rd section, which is a very fine exposé on the criminality of the Federal Reserve.
All three parts of Zeitgeist are available on the disk as separate .mpeg1 video files (each fits onto a 700MB CD)
Also on the disk are all three parts of Zeitgeist as high quality .mp3 audio files.
Loaded with extra computer media files!
By Bill Still and Pat Carmack
A non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today
"We highly recommend that every American watch The Money Masters." -Zeldon Nelson, CEO National Center for Constitutional Studies
2 DVD set
Run time: Approximately 3 1/2 hours