The Film HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?10/22/12 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with the former president and chairman of American Airlines Robert Crandall who appears in the film HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?. We'll also have as a guest Donald Goldmacher the co-producer and director of the film.
Here's a description of the film from the website: "Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe as it traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled Attack on American Free Enterprise System. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.
But Powellâ€™s real â€œend gameâ€ was business control of law and politics. HEISTâ€™s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powellâ€™s memo by BOTH U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class. Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans. No other film goes as deeply as HEIST in explaining the greatest wealth transfer of our time. Moving beyond the white noise of todayâ€™s polarizing media, HEIST provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact- based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy."