Do you think the massive transfer of wealth upwards from homeowners and workers to the richest 1% was an accident? The film Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? lays out the insidious history of how the banking industry planned out and executed a long term strategy that continues unchecked today!
Heist reveals how American corporations deliberately orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over forty years by greedy corporate leaders, their politicians, and the biggest lobbyists in Washington. To them, the economic collapse is not a catastrophe, but rather the reversal of FDR’s New Deal, which corporate America has planned for decades. For the rest of us, it is merely the biggest heist in American history.
The current Recession and massive shift of wealth has its roots in a 1971 memo by corporate lawyer Lewis F. Powell, Jr., The Powell Memo urged the US Chamber of Commerce and corporate America to become more aggressive in molding politics and law to serve the wealthy. His advice was followed with a vengeance, resulting in the rich getting lots richer while the rest of America has suffered economic stagnation or decline, deteriorating public institutions and quality of life, and the end of the American Dream.
Co-Director, Donald Goldmacher, will join us after the screening for Q&A.
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? And How We Can Get It Back. 2011
Distributed by Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-FROG (3764)
Produced by Connecting the Dots Productions
Directed by Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher
DVD, color, 76 min.
For more information, contact: Robin Sunbeam 707-228-9257. Admission is free.
There are only two kinds of power in America: organized money and organized people.