Requiem for the American Dream

"Called the 'most important intellectual of our time', the venerable Noam Chomsky focuses here on financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive effect on democracy. A documentary that couldn’t be more timely." New York Times

“Thank heavens he ends on an upbeat note! Well, semi-upbeat. For 73 minutes, Noam Chomsky, one of the great intellectuals of the past hundred years, describes how America was founded with a mandate to “protect the minority of the opulent against the majority,” and how it’s only got worse since then.

“For every New Deal, civil rights awakening or Occupy movement, the ruling class has fought back on both the Left and the Right to reduce democracy, attack solidarity, manufacture consent (his term) and create a “precariat.” That’s not his term but it’s a useful one, describing a precarious proletariat; i.e., workers uncertain of their futures.

“A trio of directors, Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, shot Requiem over four years and claim it’s the 86-year-olds last long-form documentary interview. It’s cerebrally hard-hitting, as Chomsky cogently whisks us through 10 principles of the concentration of wealth and power.

“It’s a dire history lesson, but the speaker remains phlegmatic – he’s no Michael Moore – and leaves viewers with the sense that something can still be done about it. “Policy will be the shadow cast by business over society,” he intones, but then adds: “There’s a lot that can be done if people organize and struggle for their rights as they’ve done in the past.” Amen to that.” - National Post


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