Requiem for the American Dream

Requiem for the American Dream

Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

DVD - 2016 | Widescreen ed..
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It is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time, the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority.
Publisher: [United States] : FilmRise, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen ed..
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD 339.20973 REQ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (73 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Additional Contributors: Chomsky, Noam


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Jan 22, 2019

A MUST see. Intelligent concise presentation of pervasive corporate greed for power and the maintenance of it.
Some home truths that puts western consumerism right up there with religion as a way of controlling the masses.

Jan 04, 2019

The principles developed by Chomsky in 2015 are currently playing out in our daily news.
The following synopsis of the film and its principles is quoted verbatim from

In Requiem, Chomsky presents ten “principles” that together explain how the massive concentration of wealth in America today has come about. (His analysis applies to other wealthy countries as well, but it fits the U.S. best.) His argument is best summed up as what he calls a vicious circle: “Concentration of wealth yields concentration of power, particularly so as the cost of elections skyrockets, which forces the political parties even more deeply into the pockets of major corporations.”

The 10 principles underlying this reality, as Chomsky sees them, are:
1. Reduce Democracy
2. Shape Ideology
3. Redesign the Economy
4. Shift the Burden
5. Attack Solidarity
6. Run the Regulators
7. Engineer Elections
8. Keep the Rabble in Line
9. Manufacture Consent
10. Marginalize the Population

Dec 11, 2017

Chomsky meets The Thin Blue Line!

Oct 14, 2017

A rather clear and well paced outline of the features of power relations between social groups, most sympathetically from the point of view of those lower in the social hierarchy and popular democracy. (What is left out is a reasonable consideration of the point of view of those at the top of the social hierarchy; I doubt it is all evil minded manipulation merely to maintain status: they have a function to perform in a competitive world.)

Though some on the left dismiss Chomsky as a "gatekeeper" intellectual, someone who keeps the masses confined to the limited terrain of acceptable dissent, I don't see how you refute his basic analysis of our current political-economic predicament. This documentary does an excellent job of encapsulating Chomsky's well-established views. (He's been writing books on these topics for close to half a century.) I have a couple of quibbles though: 1) the film goes very little into Chomsky's lengthy critique of U.S. subversion of democracy abroad, and 2) Chomsky's standard call for people to get active and participate in public life needs to be updated to incorporate our new digital feudalism and the Snowden revelations of a global surveillance state.

May 06, 2017

Intelligent documentary presented in an understandable presentation. Chomsky gives you the brief history of the American economic and political curves. His pessimistic view is understandable but the loss of the American dream may have to change its course and adapt to a more modest way of life.

Feb 26, 2017

The truth in this documentary will set you free - if you are paying attention. And if you love Barack Obama then you aren't paying attention. America's dissident voice speaks out, intelligently, against all the ills of society and government. Not for the meek.

Dec 19, 2016

I think there is a lot of good history and information in this documentary.
There is definitely inequality progressing and expanding globally between the 1% and the rest of us.

Dec 08, 2016

[In Chomsky's book, Who Rules the World, also published in 2016, he again does something I have read and heard him state, ad infinitum: ascribing the crimes of the Eisenhower and Johnson Administrations solely to the Kennedy Administration: typical CIA disiformation gambit. Reflect upon why Chomsky would do such a thing, repeatedly? Just as Dan Rather repeatedly puts out highly edited videos with his commentary on Lee Oswald, and today we can see the unedited full version of Oswald at the midnight news conference which refutes the abject lies of Fake News dude, Dan Rather.]
I am a real progressive, yet I despise Chomsky. Why? Has anyone ever heard or read Chomsky naming names? Of course not!
He supports the Federal Reserve, the Warren Commission Report, the 9/11 Commission Report, and believes the deaths of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had absolutely no effect or impact on the trajectory of America!
Chomsky has never cared that the CIA was responsible for the murders of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. King, accordingly, nor that assassination has historically been a most valuable tool to accomplish diabolical ends and move malevolent agendas.
Has anyone ever heard or read Chomsky criticizing MIT [his career employer] for having Fred Koch as a trustee? [Patriarch of the Koch family, affiliated with the Liberty Lobby, John Birch Society, and various other white supremicist organizations]
Chomsky, like the late Chalmers Johnson and others, appears to be more suited to maintaining the status quo, than ever seriously tilting against it.

Dec 08, 2016

This really connects all the dots together so you can see the big picture.

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